Elections Canada needs to reflect neutrality

Their website should reflect it. The by-elections are announced on their website in orange and red. These colours are, of course, the colours of the NDP and Liberal Party respectively.

Some bureaucrats, journalists and Liberals were concerned when the Prime Minister rebranded the government naming it Canada’s New Government and incorporated blue into the websites at gc.ca.

The new name follows criticism over what some considered a partisan remake of the official Government of Canada website, which now has bold splashes of Tory blue and prominently features photographs of Prime Minister Harper.

Of course, Elections Canada is completely separate from any federal ministry and any partisan interference.

Elections Canada used to use yellow to reflect a neutral colour. Why not stick with that model?

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  • http://unambig.blogspot.com Raphael Alexander

    Kind of looks like khaki and fuscha to me. But hey, maybe you're right.

  • Liz J

    “Elections Canada is completely separate from any federal ministry and any partisan interference”? This is a joke, right? Where's the evidence?

    Between the meddling media and Elections Canada , and old Liberals and their operatives past their prime, we have what's shaping up to be the makings of a how-to book for anyone aspiring to form a banana republic.

  • http://www.stephentaylor.ca stephentaylor

    “This is a joke, right? Where's the evidence?”

    I meant by definition they are separate and independent of interference, perhaps not in practice.

  • http://www.geocities.com/coryds77/ Cory D. Schreyer

    Blue is a Canadian colour. Both the France and UK flags have blue on them, and so did our previous flag.

  • Hoarfrost

    I grew up in a time when Red White And Blue were my country's colours as reflected in the Union Jack. The Liberals co-opted the colours in our “new” national flag by the sneaky Lester Pearson. The vertical bar on the left or right ought to be blue in order to be fair and non partisan. Most Canadians living today would think that I am nuts. Maybe they are correct. I still think that “The Maple Leaf Forever” ought to be our anthem. (Words changed for political correctness of course.)

    Actually I think that Elections Canada heirarchy do not like us Conservatives for some reason. Too bad for us.

  • conservativesnahole

    man you guys are looking for something to jerk off to
    that looks like pink to me
    and the orange, its almost not orange

    how embarrassing that this is what your head webmaster comes up with

  • bert

    Because PM Harper and his party is fighting with elections Canada over the in and out thing that every party is doing.So dont expect any favours from them.Pretty nice situation eh!The very establishment that we hold so dear to our hearts and show off to the world as an example of freedom,showing favouritism to the opposition parties of the country and fighting its own employer.Sickening in my opinion.

  • Gabby in QC

    There are plenty of issues that could be addressed. This is not one of them. It was petty when critics brought up regarding the Conservatives' use of blue on the Canada Day celebrations and their website, and it's still as petty in this criticism.

    On the other hand, if “problems” such as the choice of colours is a concern, then we Canadians are even luckier than we realize, given the problems other countries have to deal with.

  • Me Dere Robert

    hah.. that's a bit of a stretch.

    It might have something to do with their website color scheme… or maybe they should change their whole site to bright yellow!

    Geez.. and some of you Tories want to cut further funding to the arts..

  • Grind a Grit

    Both red bars on the flag should be blue as these bars represents “From sea to shiny sea”

  • Liberal

    I meant by definition they are separate and independent of interference, perhaps not in practice.

    Really? Where’s your evidence?

    Typical Con. Smearing venerated public institutions when things don’t go their way. Not good for building democracy, Taylor.

  • Jason in Edmonton

    Why should the website be any different than the policy in place for voting days. I volunteered at a polling station during the last federal campaign and we were told repeatedly not to wear any of the colours attributed to any political party.

    EC should establish some consistency.

  • 's obvious

    The reason why they used giant yellow banners in the past is so that the clueless idiots who are brought in to swing elections the way they want won't get lost in between the bus and the polling booth.

    If they stopped using yellow it's probably because too many people whose votes were not bought managed to stumble across the polls. Or, considering some of the odd stories I've heard in the last few elections, about monkeyshines going on with polling lists and advance poll returns, perhaps they don't particularly care any more who shows up and they feel free to choose whatever colors suit their mood at the time.

    But look at it on the bright side. 95% plus of what the federal government does is stupid, pointless and often just plain crooked. The least of your worries is what color they use to advertise themselves. You've already bought the salami, so quit worrying about what kind of bun they put it in.

  • Neale

    Elections Canada does have a world renowned reputation on handling elections. That Conservatives choose to decide that it is partisan Liberal is a sham. They simply enforce rules as set out in Parliament. It appears that whenever something goes against the wishes of Harper, they are trashed. Democracy, hell no.

  • Big Daddy

    Have you ever been checked for colour blindness?

  • Taylor Cutforth

    Thats an amazing point. I never thought of it that way. It should totally be changed at some point.
    Perhaps a long or short while after Harper and the new conservatives continue to prove their progressive governing capabilities. Perhaps after a few years when the rest of Canada realizes how well they work and been working to everyones benefit. I think that fits. Maybe every 50 or so years or however it works Governments can change the flag to better reflect itself. So long as that Government has proven itself through various advancements and progressive achievements.

    I can imagine many out there scoffing at the idea but its only fair and appropriate for a country to update itself and progress.

    I think the sea to sea concept of blue is a good one.

    I think the idea of keeping it the way it currently is far more controversial then allowing for the possibility of change. Take for example the American flag and how many times it had change to reflect its countries unity and progress.

    red white and blue to (IMHO) represent both political parties and independents. but whatever thats my simple perspective.

  • http://www.nikonthenumbers.com/topics/show/75/9081#comment_9876 Taylor Cutforth

    Thats an amazing point. I never thought of it that way. It should totally be changed at some point.
    Perhaps a long or short while after Harper and the new conservatives continue to prove their progressive governing capabilities. Perhaps after a few years when the rest of Canada realizes how well they work and been working to everyones benefit. I think that fits. Maybe every 50 or so years or however it works Governments can change the flag to better reflect itself. So long as that Government has proven itself through various advancements and progressive achievements.

    I can imagine many out there scoffing at the idea but its only fair and appropriate for a country to update itself and progress.

    I think the sea to sea concept of blue is a good one.

    I think the idea of keeping it the way it currently is far more controversial then allowing for the possibility of change. Take for example the American flag and how many times it had change to reflect its countries unity and progress.

    red white and blue to (IMHO) represent both political parties and independents. but whatever thats my simple perspective.