Thursday, December 28, 2006

Departure and arrival

It may be awhile before we know why Chief Electoral Officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley resigned abruptly last week in a move that just became public today.

But for those worried that the result could be PMS getting to hand-pick a successor, the good news is that a new CEO can only be appointed by Parliamentary resolution (or on an interim basis by the Chief Justice of Canada). Which may make for an interesting dispute if some consensus can't be reached among a majority in Parliament - but will at least ensure that the Cons can't mimic the U.S. tendency toward partisan election officials.

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