Results in Conservative election should be public
Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 06:00 am
I recently participated in the Conservative nominating election for the MacLeod federal riding.
What I am about to say has nothing to do with our new candidate John Barlow or the legitimacy of his election.
I was extremely disappointed to hear that the results of this election will not be made public.
Can you imagine going to a hockey game, having all the scoring scenes blacked out as well as the scoreboard, being told who won but not the score?
Many people who don’t even watch the game might be interested to know which team scored how many goals in each period. (This was a preferential ballot so you can think of each ballot like a period.)
I can tell you that Mr. Menzies (our former MP) got over 40,000 votes and 77% of the votes in this riding in 2011.
I can tell you the election count for every federal election, provincial election and at least all current elections here in Okotoks for each contestant.
If the numbers don’t matter then why do we spend millions televising the “horse races” (federal or provincial) and publishing the results for all to see?
I can imagine not getting the count at some local company board meeting or other private affair, but this election will most likely put our representative directly into the House of Commons. (There will still be a by-election of all parties for this riding.)
Our laws don’t just have to be just, they have to be seen to be just and hiding the count from the people that took the time to vote just doesn’t smell right.