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The Canadian Progressive: Council of Canadians calls for reopening of robocalls investigation

The Council of Canadians is calling on the Commissioner of Canada Elections to re-open the investigation into the 2011 robocalls election fraud scandal.

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The Canadian Progressive: Sona robocall verdict doesn’t close book on 2011 election fraud: Issue will be back in court with “Fair” Elections Act legal challenge

Conservative aide Michael Sona’s conviction does not resolve the issues surrounding the widespread electoral fraud perpetrated in the 2011 federal election, says Council of Canadians.

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wmtc: act now: stop the (un)fair elections act

wmtc: today: call your m.p.! stop the (un)fair elections act!

I trust by now you’ve all heard about Stephen Harper’s latest plan to undermine democracy in Canada, his electoral reform bill that the chief electoral officer of the country has called an affront to democracy.

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand told CBC: “My reading of the act is that I can no longer speak about democracy in this country.” Now, as per usual, the Harpercrats want to pass the bill before it can be properly debated. It was just introduced a few days ago, but could be adopted by the House of Commons as early as today or tomorrow.

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Cowichan Conversations: Supreme Court Rules Last Federal Election Was Fraudulent

Dorothy Field-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

The Canadian Federal Court has confirmed that the country’s 2011 federal election, which led to the victory of Stephen Harper’s government, was fraudulent.

This is appalling. Doesn’t the erosion of our democracy matter anymore?

Why isn’t this in the news instead of the awful Senate and Rob Ford?

Well, we have precedent now. Three senators have just been ousted on the basis of wrong doing.

I’m all in favour of punishing wrong doers.

I suggest it’s time the Canadian people suspend Stephen Harper without pay for the duration on the basis of either taking part in (Read more…)

wmtc: happy canada day, a/k/a national stop harper day

This week, pollster Nik Nanos revealed that 51.5% of Canadian voters would not consider voting for the Conservative party, compared to 36.4% only seven months ago.

I don’t play the national pastime – election prediction – so I won’t speculate about if or how this poll will translate on the ground. Whether we’ll have to wait until 2015 to get rid of this corrupt, fraudulent, anti-democracy, anti-human, anti-labour, anti-environment, corporate government – and whether Canadian voters will be hoodwinked by another party with almost identical policies but a friendlier face (and famous last name) – remains to be (Read more…)

wmtc: election fraud ruling: demand to know the truth

While everyone’s been glued to Rob Ford’s crack and Mike Duffy’s featherbedding, something even more important happened: the Federal Court confirmed that there was election fraud in the 2011 federal election.

Not just “robocalls” – that diminutive buzzword that the media clings to – but election fraud: a deliberate, targeted attempt at voter suppression. The conservative media has framed the ruling as a victory for the Harper GovernmentTM, because the court stopped short of nullifying the election results. But the ruling was very clear. Judge Richard Mosley wrote: I find that electoral fraud occurred during the 41st (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Robocalls: Fed Court’s Election Fraud Finding Implicates Conservatives

The Federal Court ruling states that “there was an orchestrated effort to suppress votes during the 2011 election campaign by a person with access to the [Conservative Party’s] CIMS database.” An attack on Canadian democracy.

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The Canadian Progressive: Robocalls election fraud: Federal Court ruling “a powerful victory”, says Maude Barlow

Last Thursday’s Federal Court ruling on the robocalls and other U.S. Republican-style voter suppression tactics during Canada’s 2011 Federal election is “a powerful victory”, says Maude Barlow, the chairperson of the Council of Canadians.

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350 or bust: No More “Nice Guy”: Canada’s Democracy & Reputation Tarred

It turns out Canada’s reputation is getting as toxic as the Alberta tar sands tailings ponds: * Some more facts: Canadian federal taxpayers subsidize the oil industry $1.38 billion a year. And that’s not counting your Province’s subsidies to the oil industry. The International Energy Agency says up to two thirds of known fossil reserves […]

Alberta Diary: Wildrose deftly defuses robo-call crisis while federal Cons suffer Scotch verdict

Members of the Wildrose Party try out their new robo-calling technology, which should avoid future problems with the CRTC. Right-wing Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Wildrose Party Executive Committee President David Yager.

You don’t have to agree with Alberta’s right-wing Wildrose Party to admire the skill with which it stick-handled yesterday’s revelation it had been fined $90,000 by the federal broadcast regulator for a series of improperly identified robo-calls made to voters during the 2012 election campaign.

Compared to the federal Conservative Party’s blundering response to its various recent troubles, it seems mildly astonishing the two (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives Delay Robocalls Justice… Again!

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Harper Conservatives will not be introducing the comprehensive “election reform act” they promised Canadians, after all. The bill was due to be tabled in Parliament on Thursday. Apparently, the Conservatives have discovered a “last minute” issue with their own piece of legislation. An issue so [...]

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wmtc: hugo chavez vs lies western media tells us

Linda McQuaig recently wrote an excellent column about the blatantly false portrayal of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in the Western mainstream media. Chavez should be a hero to anyone who cares about social justice, but if your primary news sources are anywhere from CNN to the CBC to the New York Times, you might wonder why millions of Latin Americans mourned Chavez’s passing rather than celebrating. You might imagine they were in the thrall of a charismatic tyrant.

I found the mainstream media’s description of Chavez as a “dictator” particularly rich, given the US endured at least

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The Canadian Progressive: Welcome to #Ottawapiskat, the “Settler Nations” reserve and Canada’s capital

You’ll get a kick out of this post. I guarantee it! Recently exposed: Gross mismanagement of funds and lewd sense of entitlement by #Ottawapiskat Chief Harper. #idlenomore twitter.com/shootsleft/sta… — Joanne DiNova (@shootsleft) January 14, 2013 Last week, right-wing character assassins in the corporate and social media universes mounted an unprecedented attack on hunger-striking Chief Theresa READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: Council of Canadians celebrates first victories of the Robocalls case

by Council of Canadians: After a six-day federal court hearing, eight electors in six ridings have made a strong case that there was widespread voter suppression in the 2011 federal election that benefited Conservative Party candidates. They have asked the federal court judge to annul the results in the six ridings. “The fact that the READ MORE

The Canadian Progressive: May 2011 election fraud legal challenges at Federal Court on Monday

by Council of Canadians WHAT: Beginning Monday, the most important legal cases in the history of Canadian elections will be argued before the Federal Court: the applications to contest the outcome of 2011 federal election in six ridings. WHEN: 9:30am, Monday, December 10 (International Human Rights Day). The full federal court hearing of the election fraud cases READ MORE

wmtc: this is what jason kenney’s canada looks like: family deported to libya, father is tortured, court cites bias and lies

A family that was ordered to leave Canada by Jason Kenney’s IRB was – as they predicted – separated and detained, and the father was tortured by Libyan authorities. The Benhmuda family lived in Canada for eight years, and included two children born in … . . . → Read More: wmtc: this is what jason kenney’s canada looks like: family deported to libya, father is tortured, court cites bias and lies

Canadian Progressive: Elections Canada evidence confirms widespread voter suppression campaign

by Council of Canadians | November 29, 2012: Evidence filed in the Federal Court today includes detailed accounts from voters targeted by fraudulent or harassing calls intended to discourage them from voting in 56 ridings across Ontario, BC, Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec (the ridings are listed below), likely in violation of the Canada Elections Act. The [...] . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Elections Canada evidence confirms widespread voter suppression campaign

CuriosityCat: RoboCon: Michael Sona – "This entire, massive scheme"

Michael Sona on CBCListen to the Power Panel comments on the Sona interview first – you can find it here.Then listen to his interview – it is here.And here is a press article by Lawernce Martin on his interview.This story is starting to unravel… . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: RoboCon: Michael Sona – "This entire, massive scheme"

wmtc: rtod: i ain’t marching (to the u.s. polls) anymore

I spent the summer and fall of 2004 working on a Get Out The Vote campaign for the Democrats, not because they were my party of choice, but because I was angry at the prospect of another stolen election, and I wanted to make a difference in the popular vote numbers. After that election was stolen, too, I stopped voting in the US.

Now, in 2012, voter suppression has reached new depths. If I still lived in the US, I don’t know if I’d vote Green or not at all. Voting Green can be seen as a protest against

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somecanuckchick dot com: Slower than molasses in January!

Elections Canada is [finally] investigating the fraudulent and deceptive calls, aka robocalls, made during the last election… beyond Guelph, Ontario.

Slower than molasses in January!

Other posts on the Robocon Scandal:

A Midsummer Night’s Robocon Scandal Update… 5 Robocon Facts Robocon Scandal continues… Robocon Scandal — UPDATE Robocon Scandal — UPDATE 2

Canadian Progressive: Robocalls Scandal: Elections Canada Paid Former RCMP Investigator $95,523

Elections Canada paid former RCMP investigator $95,523 for visit to only one out of 234 riding affected by robocalls during the May 2011 Federal election.

somecanuckchick dot com: A Midsummer Night’s Robocon Scandal Update…

Alas, Canada… we’re not any closer to knowing if Pierre Poutine, aka Pierre Jones, is — or isn’t — Andrew Prescott.

What of the 1,394 complaints alleging specific occurrences in 234 of Canada’s 308 federal ridings?

As far as I can tell, Elections Canada isn’t even investigating anything any more — except for Guelph.

And, even then, recently released documents shed no light on the mysterious Pierre Poutine…

And those 1300+ complaints? Well, Elections Canada still refuses to give new information about the status of the investigation — any investigation — into those other ridings.

Other posts on the Robocon Scandal:

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wmtc: democracy 24/7: citizens vs cons gets a court date

In case you haven’t heard, a date has been set in Federal Court for hearings on the Conservative Party’s vote suppression during the 2011 federal election. The hearing will begin on December 10.

The Cons have done everything in their power to scuttle this case, putting forth motion after motion to have evidence – and the entire case – thrown out. They’ve stalled and sidetracked and invented obstacles, but the court have taken seriously this threat to democracy. On December 10, the citizens represented by the Council of Canadians will begin to be heard in federal court.

The most recent

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Elections Canada Out To Sabotage Etobicoke Centre By-election

There’s no better way to characterize the agency’s role in the high-stakes Etobicoke Centre by-election appeal heard by the Supreme Court of Canada earlier this week. The “independent” and “non-partisan” agency responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums in Canada is unequivocally siding with Ted Opitz, the Conservative MP who filed the appeal.

Opitz is seeking to stop the by-election, which the Ontario Superior Court ordered in the spring. Should the Supreme Court allow the Conservative Party of Canada and Elections Canada to prevail, Canadians might as well abandon their quest for voter justice on the robocalls election scandal.

The

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