OTTAWA (The News Desk) — A recent statement released by the prime minister’s office claims that the encroachment of voter influence on elections has reached unacceptable levels, and that the upcoming federal election could be dramatically affected by the participation of voters from across Canada.
“We’ve seen from past elections that voters can exert a great deal of influence on which party forms government,” wrote Harper in the statement.
“Numerous studies have shown that public opinion can make or break a party’s chances on election day, which is just scary.”
Harper also referenced the creeping effects of the nefarious “revolving door” nature of government, whereby regular Canadian citizens will often assume posts in government, and government officials will retire from public office to become private citizens.
This statement was followed by the announcement of a new advertising campaign highlighting the dangers of voter influence.
“Canadian families want to be represented by a government, not by voters,” wrote Harper.
The government has been particularly proactive recently in trying to prevent voter interference — bringing in new legislation to limit the ability of Elections Canada to encourage voting, for instance, as well as making it more difficult to register to vote. Still, officials worry that they have not gone far enough.
“I overheard some woman on the street debating which party to vote for in the next election,” said PMO spokesperson Rob Nicol.
“What will it mean for our democracy if there are more people like her out there?” ♦
Photograph by Adrian Wyld
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