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Pierre Poilievre, Canada's minister of state for democratic reform, speaks during a news conference in Ottawa on Feb. 4, 2014.
Pierre Poilievre, Canada's minister of state for democratic reform, speaks during a news conference in Ottawa on Feb. 4, 2014.
(CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

How Conservatives might benefit from their own election bill

It’s billed as elections reform, but it’s a hodgepodge that doesn’t give investigators the stronger powers they need to police abuses. The Conservatives have even slipped in a little raise for themselves.

When Pierre Poilievre, the Democratic Reform Minister, unveiled a revamp of elections laws on Tuesday, he mixed a few good changes with a big omission – the new investigatory power elections officials wanted – and some self-serving items.