Canada’s federal election results, and the ‘resignation crisis’
Elections Canada is facing a resignation crisis, with hundreds of civil servants and other senior employees being urged to step down amid a growing number of resignations, internal documents show.
The exodus of civil service workers in recent weeks has sparked concerns among election experts that the agency may be losing control of its election work.
Elections Canada was supposed to be a quasi-independent agency that could make determinations about whether an election should be conducted or not.
Instead, it has been turned into an extension of the federal election campaign.
The agency was supposed in October to be run by a board of commissioners and be staffed by volunteers and public servants.
But on Oct. 19, the Conservative government cancelled that plan and appointed a new, non-partisan election commissioner, Andrew MacDougall.
MacDougold has repeatedly said he would only be appointing the agency’s first board members, and said he will make the hiring process transparent.
“I’m not going to put in place a process that will result in the appointment of a board member, but I do know that when that process is completed, I will have done the right thing by the public servants,” MacDougill said in a statement to the House of Commons on Monday.
The resignation of several civil servants, including some in the office of the chief electoral officer, has prompted concerns that the Conservative election campaign was not being properly run.
It is unclear what role, if any, the agency is playing in determining whether the election will be conducted.
The government’s decision to cancel the election commission is not expected to affect the final results of the Oct. 27 election, which the Liberals are expected to win.
Elections Ontario, the campaign arm of the Liberals, said it is still investigating allegations of election fraud, and has asked the provincial electoral officer to investigate the situation.
The Liberals’ election watchdog, the Office of the Independent Auditor General, is also conducting its own investigation into the issue.
While the resignation of some of Elections Ontario’s civil servants is the focus of this investigation, it is also the subject of the Office’s ongoing review of the agency.
Elections officials are not required to publicly comment on an ongoing investigation.
The OIG is expected to release its findings in the coming months.
The Liberal government has promised to “drain the swamp” in Elections Canada and to rein in the agency before the next election.
In the meantime, many civil servants are taking voluntary leave of absence.
A spokesman for Elections Ontario said that while there are some civil servants who will be leaving voluntarily, the vast majority of the remaining employees are taking leave.
The spokesperson did not give details on what is causing the voluntary leave.
In an interview on Sunday, MacDougalls said that he is looking at options for appointing a new election commissioner.
But MacDougells was not willing to say whether he would accept the resignation from Elections Canada’s first chief electoral official, who resigned this week after being accused of sexual harassment.
MacDougal also said he is working on creating a new process for hiring new employees to replace the departing employees.
“The process is in place.
I’ll have a process in place to look at it.
We’re going to look into it,” MacDougan said.
In addition to the OIG, the Ombudsman is also investigating the matter. “
And if we’re not going into that situation, then I’m not happy.”
In addition to the OIG, the Ombudsman is also investigating the matter.
The public servants who are leaving the agency are: