(WINDSOR, ON) – The Square has learned that a group of civic-minded activists have contacted the Ontario Premier’s office regarding the upcoming municipal election in Windsor. The group has requested Doug Ford to take action with respect to the city’s plan to use vote tabulators in contravention of the Municipal Elections Act.
The letter to Premier Ford asks him to exercise his powers as “created by the Legislature of Ontario over the Corporation of the City of Windsor.” Citing court decisions and the requirements of the MEA, Ford was informed that Windsor has “failed, intentionally it appears, to pass the by-laws required under section 42 (2), (3), and (4) Municipal Election Act of Ontario. This includes; failing to pass by-laws authorizing the Use of Alternative Voting Tabulators and the required procedures …”
The group claims that by failing to pass the required by-law undermines the integrity of the democratic process.
The Corporation of Windsor is well aware of the requirement to pass the by-laws as they have in the past for a by-election but have failed to pass them thereafter. The Corporation of the City of Windsor is relying on By-law 12868, a by-law passed in 1997 where the tabulators were nowhere near the same as today’s technology. – Letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford
The letter then reiterated that the MEA requires the passing of the requisite by-law between January 1 and May 1 in the year before the year of election.
“Given your legislative powers the people should not have to seek relief in the courts. Acts are created to maintain order and it is why your Office has been granted the Premier powers to ensure order,” the letter said.
In closing, Ford was asked to exercise his powers and “demand that the Corporation of the City of Windsor undertake the 2018 Municipal Election by traditional hand-counted paper ballot, scrutinized accordingly, and prohibit the use of alternative vote-counting methods until 2022.”
The Square is awaiting a response from the Premier’s Office.