And any voter or candidate who wants to challenge a future election result over irregularities in voting procedures, as the Canada Election Act allows, might think about hiring a private detective.
In May, defeated Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj convinced a lower court to reject 79 ballots in Etobicoke Centre because of record-keeping irregularities at the polling stations, enough to overcome the 26-vote margin by which Conservative MP Ted Opitz won.
The Supreme Court effectively restored those ballots, finding no irregularities at all, despite improperly completed or missing paperwork for voters either not on the voters' list or lacking proper ID.
The ruling was a split 4-3 decision, with the minority judges, including the Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, disagreeing with the majority on virtually every point.
Jean-Pierre Kingsley, formerly the chief electoral officer of Elections Canada for 17 years, called it a far-reaching judgment.
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