McLeod should be defending our right to vote

All MPs should condemn any interference in voting, but Mrs. McLeod and the Conservative Party are trying to muddy the waters

Editor, The Times:

MP Cathy McLeod says, “… the Conservative party runs a clean campaign,” (Kamloops Daily News, Feb. 24, 2012), yet it dismisses disturbing tales of “voter suppression” out of hand.

In fact, nothing could be more serious. Our democracy depends on each and every citizen being able to vote for his or her choice for government. Interfering with that right is a crime that former Chief Electoral Officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley said might deserve jail time.

All MPs should condemn any interference in voting, but Mrs. McLeod and the Conservative Party are trying to muddy the waters and hide the problem.

Maybe that’s because the allegations seem to benefit Conservative candidates. Maybe because after four years of denial, the Conservative Party was convicted of breaking the law by exceeding election spending limits in 2006 by more than a million dollars.

Too much has happened to dismiss this as the work of a single rogue. Something deeply disturbing is happening to our democracy.

Mrs. McLeod should stand up for a Canada that protects your right to vote, not turn a blind eye.

Wayne Easter, MP

Malpeque, PEI

Liberal Party of Canada