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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He is said to be boiling with anger, lashing out in every direction, and he is crazy desperate.So you know Stephen Harper and his Con gangsters will try to steal the election.For what can you say about a leader whose former PMO lawyer believes he has lost the moral authority to govern? Read . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: How to Stop Stephen Harper From Stealing the Election
It should be a good news story. But instead it's a democratic nightmare.Large numbers of Canadians are flocking to advance polling stations across the country.Only to leave without casting their ballots because of the long lineups.Read more »
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Well we know how the Cons tried to steal the last election, and that most of the robocall gang got away.And we know Boss Harper and his mob.We know that if they are prepared to use naked bigotry to try to win an election, they are capable of ANYTHING.So call me paranoid, but I . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Are the Harper Cons Trying to Steal the Election Already?
As you may have heard, Ottawa has been swirling with rumours that Stephen Harper could be getting ready to call a very early election. So he can strike before the flames of fear and bigotry he has been fanning die down. And before the Duffy Trial.And although those rumours seem to have subsided, his . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michael Harris’ Guide to Street-Proofing Our Votes
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
It will probably be years after Stephen Harper and his monstrous Con regime are finally driven from office, before we will be able to total up the damage they have done to this country.And it will take me a couple of days to go through the more than 400 posts I have written this . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Legacy of the Con Regime
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
In my last post I said that Stephen Harper may have dodged the robocall scandal, so far. But he cannot escape the moral responsibility for what happened.For having created a depraved culture where some of his fanatic young followers obviously thought it was OK to try to steal an election.But of course there is . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper Won’t Escape the Robocall Scandal
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.
The corruption that is the CPC’s actions in the 2011 election continues to fester.
The most recent instalment comes to us via Stephen Maher’s latest column.
In an email May 1, party lawyer Arthur Hamilton told Elections Canada that Conservative call centre workers were not advising voters that Elections Canada had changed the location . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: CPC Lied To Elections Canada On RoboCalls?
He has been lucky so far. The robocall scandal hasn't yet penetrated the darkness of his foul PMO.But now the robocall trial of Michael Sona is about to begin. Who knows who he might call upon to testify?And this can't be good news.Read more »
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Well he must be feeling pretty pleased with himself. He must believe that The Force is with him.And to be fair, it did decide that Nigel Wright shouldn't be charged for paying Mike Duffy to keep his mouth shut.It did decide that the sight of an underage drinker lying unconscious in his driveway, after . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Darth Harper and the Robocall Scandal
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
OMG. Somebody please throw in the towel. This fight has gotta end before I start feeling almost sorry for Pierre Poilievre.Because the way that palooka and his foul Unfair Elections Act are getting pounded in the ring of public opinion is almost too brutal.So many Chief Electoral Officers, law professors, election experts, and . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Pierre Palooka and the Con Robocall Scandal
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
For some reason I've always assumed that the Cons were rushing their foul voter suppression bill through Parliament, so they could try to steal the next election like they tried to steal the last one.For why else would they be in such a hurry? Why else would they even ignore the critical comments of . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Is Stephen Harper Trying to Protect Himself From the Robocall Scandal?
Well let's be clear, as he likes to say. Forget the smokescreen of fancy words, or the long list of minor changes, or the Orwellian name, the Fair Elections Act.Baby Face Poilievre may have pulled the trigger.But this was Boss Harper's revenge. Read more »
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With Michael Sona’s trial expected later this year, the RoboCalls scandal has once again booted up, reminding Canadian voters of the corruption in the 2011 election.
The most recent thing to fall out of the back of that horse? Apparently one of Sona’s co-conspirators has just been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Robocalls Revived
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 »
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Our new flag?
If thisis true, then we live in a banana republic: Elections Canada has heard complaints of dirty tricks in the 2011 election from over 200 ridings. Many of the grievances don’t amount to much, sources say, but a substantial number are thought to be of a serious nature. A source with . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocalls: Who is blocking Elections Canada?
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
Regular readers of this space will know that I am no fan of Prime Minister Harper.
Yesterday’s revelation that a “boot camp” for new Conservative Senators explicitly told the new Senators that partisan travel was a legitimate expense makes me downright furious.
Three former Conservative senators at the heart of a spending scandal were . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Rot Starts At The Top