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CuriosityCat: Voter suppression: Will Kady and the CBC reget this?

The blogosphere is latched onto the greatest political scandal in the history of Canada, involving the voter suppression crimes committed before and on May 2, 2011, which, according to Elections Canada reports, was widespread, involved clear crimes of voter suppression and seems to have taken place in nearly two-thirds of the ridings in Canada. And until the whole saga is clearly investigated, the last rock is turned over, the last person is interviewed, until then, the legitimacy of the current government of Canada is in doubt. And the CBC response to some of the blogging? Of note, @kady of the

CuriosityCat: Robocon: Was the Conservative Party behind the voter suppression in the May 2011 election?

Harper’s Tories have rejected any suggestion that the voter suppression crimes committed before and on the May 2 2011 election were lead by that party. As the seven lawsuits supported by the Council of Canadians wend their way through the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Was the Conservative Party behind the voter suppression in the May 2011 election?

CuriosityCat: Stunning confirmation of voter suppression affecting the May 2 2011 election from Globe & Mail report

This report in today’s Globe & Mail on the results of surveys undertaken by Ekos of voter suppression is both alarming (in its confirmation that criminal acts were committed in several ridings), and significant  in its conclusion that the results in several ridings were affected by these criminal acts (my redlining and underlining): The Ekos study focused on three questions: to what extent may voter suppression techniques have been used to influence outcomes in the seven ridings; if voter suppression activities occurred, did they deliberately target electors who were supporters of particular political parties; and how effective were any suppression . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Stunning confirmation of voter suppression affecting the May 2 2011 election from Globe & Mail report

CuriosityCat: Robocon: Lest we forget – The Elections Canada CEO report to Parliament

KadyO’Malley did the country a service by refusing to be sidetracked by Harper’sscheduling of the interim reportto the House by ChiefElectoral Officer Marc Mayrand for the same day as thebudget. It turns out that there were lots of journalists inattendance – so it is clear that at least some . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Lest we forget – The Elections Canada CEO report to Parliament

CuriosityCat: Robocon: Was there a conspiracy and who conspired? The wide net of the law

So far we have 700 clear cases of complaints to Elections Canada about voter suppression acts in the May 2011 election. And we have 77 ridings identified where voter suppression complaints have surfaced. And now we have the CBC identifying 31 ridings where there were complaints of voter suppression: CBC News examined 31 ridings where such calls have been reported and found a pattern: those receiving those calls also had previous calls from the Conservative Party to find out which way they would vote. Was there agreement by persons currently unknown in those 31 ridings to conspire to break the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Was there a conspiracy and who conspired? The wide net of the law

CuriosityCat: Robocon: Bob Rae has one week to protect Canada’s democracy by stopping the clock

Bob Rae – one week to go

And a study by a Simon Fraser professor finds that the robocalls could have affected the result of the May 2 2011 election:

In a new paper, a Simon Fraser University economist finds that robo-calling, if the phenomenon did occur, could have significantly influenced voter turnout and ballot results in the last federal election.

Anke Kessler’s discussion paper is available on her website and on Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, an economics blog…

“Ridings where voters were allegedly targeted by robo-calls — meaning they were possibly discouraged from voting or directed to the wrong polls

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CuriosityCat: Robocon: Bob Rae has only 9 days left to defend our democracy by stopping the clock

And a study by a Simon Fraser professor finds that the robocalls could have affected the result of the May 2 2011 election:

In a new paper, a Simon Fraser University economist finds that robo-calling, if the phenomenon did occur, could have significantly influenced voter turnout and ballot results in the last federal election.

Anke Kessler’s discussion paper is available on her website and on Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, an economics blog…

“Ridings where voters were allegedly targeted by robo-calls — meaning they were possibly discouraged from voting or directed to the wrong polls — experienced an estimated decline in voter

. . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Bob Rae has only 9 days left to defend our democracy by stopping the clock

CuriosityCat: Robocon: Can this Tory help find Pierre Poutine?

Andrew Prescott

Canada’s Woodward & Bernstein journalists (the intrepid Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher), have a report this morning about some tweets in Guelph before the questionable election of May 2, 2011:

On the day “Pierre Poutine” activated the burner cellphone used to launch his robocall blitz on voters in Guelph, Ont., a young Conservative campaign worker sent out a message on Twitter warning of “voter suppression calls” aimed at his party. Andrew Prescott, deputy campaign manager to Guelph Conservative candidate Marty Burke, tweeted on April 30, “Anti-#CPC voter suppression phone calls currently underway in Guelph, suspecting #LPC #elxn41” . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Can this Tory help find Pierre Poutine?

CuriosityCat: Robocon: Bob Rae has 12 days to protect Canada’s democracy by stopping the clock

The clock is ticking and there are less than three weeks to go (around 12 days as of today) before voters lose their right to appeal to the courts under the Canada Elections Act to upset the results of the May 2 election in at least 27 ridings.

And Bob Rae, having identified 27 ridings where the Liberal Party has reason to believe that voter suppression of one kind or another took place in that election, is one of those who started the clock ticking. At the Ottawa convention Liberals were urged to be bold. Now is the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Bob Rae has 12 days to protect Canada’s democracy by stopping the clock

CuriosityCat: Robocon: Were our laws broken?

Misinformation is in the air, from the Tory front and back benches to journalists. Some is deliberate, designed to distract the public’s attention from misdeeds; others are perhaps simply mistakes. Take this opinion in the Montreal Gazette: Many of the complaints are about calls that were simply annoying and deceitful, in that they appeared to come from people posing as Liberal campaign workers but were intended to put people off voting Liberal by being made at awkward times and laced with rudeness. That’s dirty pool, but it’s not illegal. I beg your pardon? Misleading voters in an attempt to . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Were our laws broken?

CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Bob Rae has 13 days to protect Canada’s democracy by stopping the clock

The clock is ticking and there are less than three weeks to go (around 13 days as of today) before voters lose their right to appeal to the courts under the Canada Elections Act to upset the results of the May 2 election in at least 27 ridings.

And Bob Rae, having identified 27 ridings where the Liberal Party has reason to believe that voter suppression of one kind or another took place in that election, is one of those who started the clock ticking. At the Ottawa convention Liberals were urged to be bold. Now is the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Bob Rae has 13 days to protect Canada’s democracy by stopping the clock

CuriosityCat: Robocon: Crushing poll results for Tories on the voter suppression in the last election

Hat tip to Kinsella for pointing the way to this March 6, Angus Reid poll. Almost two out of three Canadians believe there were many voter suppression telephone calls during the May 2011 election (despite Tory MPs desperate attempts in Parliament to limit the criminality to one riding only – Guelph).  . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Crushing poll results for Tories on the voter suppression in the last election

CuriosityCat: Robocon: Bob Rae has 14 days to protect Canada’s democracy by stopping the clock

The clock is ticking and there are less than three weeks to go (around 14 days as of today) before voters lose their right to appeal to the courts under the Canada Elections Act to upset the results of the May 2 election in at least 27 ridings.

And Bob Rae, having identified 27 ridings where the Liberal Party has reason to believe that voter suppression of one kind or another took place in that election, is one of those who started the clock ticking. At the Ottawa convention Liberals were urged to be bold. Now is the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Bob Rae has 14 days to protect Canada’s democracy by stopping the clock

CuriosityCat: Robocon: The Wisdom of the People

Harper’s new Tories are running for cover while throwing everything they can think of up as explanations for the voter suppression complaints, hoping to distract Canadians from the ever-increasing evidence that skullduggery on a large scale was afoot.Today, in the 2 pm newscast, the CBC revealed that a Forum poll just released has these findings about the voter suppressing robocalls: 39% believe that the Harper new Tories are the ones behind the voter suppressing robocalls; only 10% think it is the Liberal Party behind these calls, while 37% don’t know; a whopping 55% believe that byelections should be called . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: The Wisdom of the People

CuriosityCat: Robocon: Bob Rae has 15 days to protect Canada’s democracy by stopping the clock

The clock is ticking and there are less than three weeks to go (around 15 days as of today) before voters lose their right to appeal to the courts under the Canada Elections Act to upset the results of the May 2 election in at least 27 ridings. And Bob Rae, having identified 27 ridings where the Liberal Party has reason to believe that voter suppression of one kind or another took place in that election, is one of those who started the clock ticking. At the Ottawa convention Liberals were urged to be bold. Now is the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Bob Rae has 15 days to protect Canada’s democracy by stopping the clock

CuriosityCat: Roboscam: The Cat’s Hints for Journalists

Journalists, wanna be modern day Woodward&Bernsteins?

Wanna rise to the top of the pack right now and make a name for yourself and your publication? Wanna get your name in the history books of those proactive members of the Fifth Estate who changed the course of history?

Yes? Then don’t hide your head under the lamp. Do something your competition is not doing. The Cat has some suggestions for you: Michael Sona – Speak to him, speak to people who know him, speak to Tory MPs who have publicly said things about him, speak to Tories who have some knowledge . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Roboscam: The Cat’s Hints for Journalists

CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Bob Rae has 16 days to protect Canada’s democracy by stopping the clock

The clock is ticking and there are less than three weeks to go (around 16 days as of today) before voters lose their right to appeal to the courts under the Canada Elections Act to upset the results of the May 2 election in . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Bob Rae has 16 days to protect Canada’s democracy by stopping the clock

CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Is this the smoking gun?

Deep Throat says: Stop the clock!

Hat tip to Saskboy for this bit of sleuthing (along with his many commentators and twitters): If the Conservative lie that only Guelph is the focus of the Robocalls (RoboCon) investigation, and Pierre Poutine worked only for some rouge op in Guelph, who in Guelph CPC had clearance to access CIMS at a high level and query non-supporters and undecided voters’ phone numbers, to provide that list to RackNine for Poutine’s robodialing fraud and other call centres like RMG who had live-scripted fraud? RCMP and Elections Canada investigators should know this by now, working . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Is this the smoking gun?

CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Did Americans try to rig the May 2011 election in Canada?

With Elections Canada flooded with 31,000 complaints from Canadians, and with 25% of the 308 ridings (a total of 77 ridings) now associated with possible voter suppression tactics during the May 2011 election, a new issue has arisen which should concern Canadians. THE TWO ISSUES Was there an organized, deliberate attempt by persons or entities in America to suppress votes in the Canadian election so as to favour the election of a conservative government in this country? The second issue is which organization in Canada is the most appropriate one to investigate the possible interference in Canadian affairs by such . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Did Americans try to rig the May 2011 election in Canada?

CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Bob Rae has 17 days to protect Canada’s democracy

The clock is ticking and there are less than three weeks to go (around 17 days as of today) before voters lose their right to appeal to the courts under the Canada Elections Act to upset the results of the May 2 election . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Bob Rae has 17 days to protect Canada’s democracy

CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Where’s Poutine? Follow the map!

Hat tip to Saskboy for this fascinating post which hints that it might be possible to physically track exactly where the mysterious Pierre Poutine was when he made those voter suppression calls during the May 2011 election. Click here for a graphic illustration of how this works! Click the start and watch . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Where’s Poutine? Follow the map!

CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Ten Things You can do to protect Canada’s democracy

Elections Canada has finally thought fit to let the public know the extent of Canadians’ concern about voter suppression actions during the May 2011 federal election. It says it has received a staggering 31,000 complaints from upset Canadians about possible election fraud! Now is the time for all Canadians to do their part to make sure that our democratic rights are not trampelled upon with impunity. The following are Ten Steps that you can take to protect our democracy: Facebook – Set up Facebook sites about the voter suppression (Robopages?), or support such sites set up by others; Friend . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Ten Things You can do to protect Canada’s democracy

CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Bob Rae has 18 days to protect our democracy

The clock is ticking and there are less than three weeks to go (around 18 days as of today) before voters lose their right to appeal to the courts to upset the results of the May 2 election in at least 27 ridings.

And Bob Rae, having identified 27 ridings where the Liberal Party has reason to believe that voter suppression of one kind or another took place in that election, is one of those who started the clock ticking. The 18 days arises from our laws governing elections, as Scott Ross points out in his very timely . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Roboscam: Bob Rae has 18 days to protect our democracy