I'm sure you remember Michael Sona, the young Con operative who was the only person ever convicted in the Robocall Scandal.Well now he's out of jail, talking to Michael Harris.Still proclaiming his innocence.Read more »
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PHOTOS: Poultry farmers not exactly like these, and dairy farmers as seen below, are facing sneaky attacks by the Harper Government. And speaking of the chickens coming home to roost, below them is a screen shot of former Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro. VICTORIA, B.C. Same sex marriage advocates and poultry and dairy farmers might . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Government by sneak: the preferred Harper Conservative response to thorny issues and hard-fought elections
have been very busy of late:
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If you remember that the judge who sentenced Michael Sona to nine months in jail, for his role in the robocall scandal, said he didn't believe the former Con operative had acted alone.And that during the trial, the Crown's star witness Andrew Prescott suggested that Sona's former boss was involved. And you remember that . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Robocall Scandal and the Monstrous Con Conspiracy
About the undercarriage of that busy Tory bus, Star readers have much to say:
Ex-Tory staffer jailed nine months for robocalls, Nov. 20
My sympathies go out to Michael Sona and his family, the latest addition of those people used by the Harper government and then thrown under the bus for getting overly enthusiastic . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: For The Record
It was an attempt to steal an election, and today one of Stephen Harper's Cons was sent to jail for that crime against democracy. Former Conservative staffer Michael Sona has been sentenced to nine months in jail plus a year on probation for trying to keep some voters in Guelph, Ont., from casting ballots . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michael Sona, Stephen Harper, and the Robocall Conspiracy
Capt. Queeg of the USS Caine channels Alberta Tory Party leaders as he describes the search for the missing strawberries. Imagine what he would have done with a purloined cell phone bill or a leaked list of Tory Party members! Below: Dave Hancock, Thomas Lukaszuk.
Premier pro tempore Dave Hancock is said . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Unsolved mysteries: Never mind those roaming charges, who leaked that Tory party membership list in 2011?
The time has come, Lawrence Martin writes, for Michael Sona to name names. If he doesn’t, the Harper party will get away with . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: One Turn Deserves Another
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
– John Abraham and Dana Nuccitelli discuss the worrisome spread of climate change denialism, particularly around the English-speaking developed world. But lest we accept the theory that declining public knowledge is independent of political choices, Margaret Munro reports that the Cons are suppressing factual scientific information about Arctic . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
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.
The post Sona robocall verdict doesn’t close book on 2011 election fraud: Issue will be back in court with “Fair” Elections Act legal challenge appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
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Assorted content to end your week.
– Glen McGregor reports on Michael Sona’s conviction as part of the Cons’ voter suppression in 2011. But both Michael den Tandt and Sujata Dey emphasize that Sona’s conviction was based on his being only one participant in the wider Robocon scheme – and that Stephen Harper and company . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
So Michael Sona is guilty of election fraud, even though the crown prosecutor and the judge both agree that he did not act alone. The Harperites will continue to insist that Sona was just one bad apple. But that meme has become the punchline of a national joke. Michael Den Tandt writes:
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More than three years after the robocall scandal erupted, the verdict is finally in. Michael Sona is officially at least Pierre Poutine
Former Conservative party staffer Michael Sona has been found guilty of trying to prevent voters from reaching the polls during the 2011 federal election. Mr. Sona, 25, was the only person . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Robocall Verdict and the Real Pierre Poutine
A whipping boy was a young boy assigned to a young prince who was designated to take a flogging when the prince misbehaved.
Methinks Michael Sona is the Harper Conservatives’ whipping boy. Sona is the one taking the fall for the widespread robocall scam in the last federal election. He’ll be sacrificed. He’ll . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Harper’s Whipping Boy Guilty in Robocall Case.
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
– Jim Armitage discusses how the privatization of public services in the UK is being mashed up with the principles behind subprime lending and debt bundling – leading to a bubble which promises to take down investors and the public alike.
– Dylan Matthews offers what would seem . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links
As I've mentioned before, one of the reasons Stephen Harper's Cons are rushing their Unfair Elections Act through Parliament, is that they want it to become law before Michael Sona's robocall trial begins in June.And with good reason. Because the bill would make it harder to go after those who would try to steal . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Fair Elections Act and the Robocall Conspiracy
Michael Harris: The Big 10
A must read for all who fear for our democracy, Michael Harris has done all Canadians a favour by spelling out ten questions he wants answered, along with some supporting facts that are background to each question he has posed. The inaction or lack of response by those whose . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocalls and our Democracy: Michael Harris’ Compelling Ten Questions
Well I must admit that I thought he would be the last Con operative to be granted immunity in the robocall scandal.But the law, like the Lord, works in mysterious ways eh?And Andrew Prescott seems to be the big winner. Read more »
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Robocalls: Is This the Breakthrough We’ve Been Waiting For?
He is the only one charged in the Robo Con scandal. Michael Sona, the former Con staffer who claims he is being set-up to conceal a much larger conspiracy.A couple of days ago we finally found out the names of six Conservative Party workers, who the PMO has brought forward to claim that Sona . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Robocall Scandal: Is the Con Story Falling Apart?
Robocalls: Mounties on the trail
From today’s press report in The National Post about Michael Sona and statements by others in his Tory office:
Dockstaeder also said Sona told her and a colleague that he paid in cash for a disposable phone and a VISA gift card, then obtained a list of phone . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocall scandal: Who is the Second Person?
For those who had lost track of the Robocalls fraud perpetrated by the Harper Conservatives during the 2011 election, it hasn’t gone away.
Harper has done an enormous amount of work to bury this case. Not only have they fought the allegations tooth and nail, they have hobbled the ability of Elections Canada to . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: RoboCalls Scandal – It’s Still Alive
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
– Frances Russell discusses the inevitable collateral damage to our planet from the Cons’ war on science: Over the past 200 years, Canadians built on flood plains because “we thought we had relatively stable climate — the climate we experienced over the past century,” Sandford told his CBC Radio . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links
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 . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Wildrose deftly defuses robo-call crisis while federal Cons suffer Scotch verdict
Michael Sona: Whom should I call?
Sona, charged with being the man behind the voter suppression robocalls in Guelph in the suspect May 2011 election, has, through his lawyer, repeated that he is not the personwho set up the voter suppression calls. His lawyer has called for a public enquiry into the mess (fat . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Guess who Sona will call as witnesses?
Well, it's been a long time coming.And I have to admit I had almost given up hope that anybody would ever be charged in connection with the RoboCon Scandal.But finally somebody has picked up the ringing phone and answered my prayers. After 21 months of investigation, Elections Canada has charged a former Conservative campaign . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michael Sona and the RoboCon Scandal