|Election Challenges go to Court in December|
|Written by Carol Thomson|
|Thursday, 13 September 2012 04:17|
The Council of Canadians will have their day in court to present evidence that robo-calls dissuaded potential voters in seven federal ridings.
Executive Director Garry Neil says says that while December 10th to 14th is a long time to wait, he considers the fact that a week has been set aside for court to consider the applications is a positive sign.
The federal election results are being challenged in seven ridings, including Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, which was won by Conservative MP Kelly Block, who beat the NDP's Nettie Wiebe by 538 votes.
Neil is unhappy with delays in the case, saying the lawyers for the 7 MPs have been putting all kinds of motions to the court, which he believes is to try to get the applications derailed.
In one instance, the lawyers have put forward a motion which would require the applicants to file a security deposit which would total 250-thousand dollars for all of them together, to cover the MPs' legal costs, above and beyond their own costs, before the hearings get under way.
Neil expects court will deny this requirement.