Alison at Creekside summarizes the sad little tale of arrogance and incompetence thus:
You really have to wonder what was going through the head of Michael Sona, communications director for Guelph Conservative candidate Marty Burke, when he barged into the special advance ballot arranged by Elections Canada for students at Guelph University, "making a huge scene stating that this polling station was illegal and tried to grab for the ballot box."
Imagine you're Sona, MASSIVELY hung over from the Cyclops Phi Kappa keg party last night. You get a panic phone call from some underling at the riding campaign HQ, nattering on and on about some stupid elections poll or drop-off on your campus. You're told that you have to check it out and take an assigned scrutineer along.
Your foggy brain dimly remembers some shit that some CPC guy blathered on about Elections Canada and some dumb rules about polls and voting, and a signed form the candidate's representative is supposed to show, but hey, who cares about all that stupid bureaucratic shit, right?
So you show up with your posse and these clerks won't let you sit there, giving the losers and geeks who show up your best imitation of Dear Leader' baleful glare. Because you don't have that stupid piece of paper!
So you pull a John Baird and you start bellowing and grabbing at shit, and some Elections flunky says to another "Call the cops now" so you back off and tell those losers that you'll let the Important People know about this.
And since you've been well trained in the traditions of the Conservative Party, you'll make sure someone else takes the blame.
Meanwhile over at Sycophant Central, Stephen Taylor hopes to create a diversion.
As well, there should be an explanation later today as to why the Contempt Party is running a disinformation campaign against the independent candidate in Simcoe-Grey, implying she is Charlie Sheen's twin sister.
Update from Elections Canada release:
While the initiative at the University of Guelph was not pre-authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer, the Canada Elections Act provides that electors may apply for and vote by special ballot. A special ballot coordinator, appointed by the local returning officer, oversaw the activities at the University of Guelph. All information at our disposal indicates that the votes were cast in a manner that respects the Canada Elections Act and are valid.