Much has been written about the recent events at the University of Guelph, where a Conservative Party operative allegedly ran into an Elections Canada polling station set up on the University Campus where he screamed that it was illegal, then proceeded to physically interfere with the balloting process so that the box could not be accessed.
Fortunately, none of that happened.
In actual fact, the Returning Office for the federal electoral district of Guelph — reportedly a Liberal Party supporter — had a “special voting” station set up on the University campus (photo attached) for students to vote with a convenience not enjoyed by the rest of Canadians. Not only was this voting running beyond the advertised times, but this poll was also set up without authorization from Elections Canada, the agency supervising Canadian elections.
In addition to the fact that this was a rogue poll to begin with, members of Liberal Member of Parliament Frank Valeriote’s campaign were on site — in the area being used as the balloting station/line-up — handing out literature about their candidate. As anyone familiar with Canadian election law knows, partisan material is a strict no-no in polling areas.
While the Conservative Party wrote a formal request to Elections Canada that the votes cast be disallowed, Elections Canada denied that request. Although, they also stated that what happened shouldn’t have, and ensured that no other schools will hold similar rogue polls on campus for the remainder of the election.
Below are photos submitted to Landmark Report showing members of the Liberal campaign illegally handing out literature on property apparently annexed by Elections Canada.
UPDATE: New photos added from the Guelph Mercury. The person in the suit is Conservative Communications Director for Marty Burke, Michael Sona.