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The latest Conservative attack ad to discredit Justin Trudeau is childish at best with a strong scent of desperation.
It’s a mock meeting discussing Trudeau’s resume as he applies for the job of Prime Minister.
However, going back to 2005, when Stephen Harper himself was applying for the job, what were his credentials?
He quit most things he started. He was a staffer for Brian Mulroney but quit when Mulroney refused to address cancelling Employment Insurance, or at least making it more difficult to obtain.
He was a Reform Party Member of Parliament but quit when things weren’t going his (Read more…)
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 about being a Canservative “short pants.”
This episode should be taught in political science courses the world over as a precautionary tale of how a draconian oligarchy works and how to avoid getting hyped into criminal activity.
At 22, Mr. Sona was a virgin in (Read more…)
Activists led by the Council of Canadians have filed a Charter challenge to the Conservatives’ Fair Elections Act or Bill C-23 in the Ontario Superior Court.
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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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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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The Conservative Movement, that has been gaining momentum since the 1960s, has made one of their missions, destroying progressive agencies; especially those that support the Welfare State.
In the U.S., they honed in on ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), that advocated for low- and moderate-income families.
What bothered Conservatives the most about ACORN, however, was their voter registration drives, that encouraged the poor and disenfranchised to take part in the democratic process. They knew that anyone involved with the organization would not vote Republican, so have always worked to make sure that they didn’t vote (Read more…)
As Conservatives prepared for the 2011 election, they began targeting ridings with large Jewish populations, that they felt they could steal away from the Liberals.
Stephen Harper was already portrayed, and not always in a positive light, as the most staunch supporter of Israel; so to build on that, they had to select candidates with the same commitment.
In the Toronto riding of York Centre, that candidate was Mark Adler, who had at least one friend in a high place, Nathan Jacobson; who was somewhat of a kingmaker for the Harper Conservatives. A described “philanthropist” Jacobson had all of (Read more…)
NDP mass mailings broke House rules, Speaker confirms House administrators to advise all-party Board of Internal Economy on possible remedies
By Kady O’Malley, CBC News Posted: Jun 03, 2014 9:39 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 03, 2014 9:39 AM ET
Another fascinating chapter in the Con strategy of distracting from the Robo-Call trial going on right now..nothing like tossing a little dirt in the path of the Opposition to distract the voters from what may be a fascinating little bit of questioning of Sona’s pals and colleagues. Who knows, I have yet to see a single Parliamentary mailout that isn’t (Read more…)
Inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/feds-robocall-themselves-in-search-for-unused-telephone-lines-1.2646727
by: Obert Madondo
Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Photo by Remy Steinegger
The Harper Conservatives’ Bill C-23, the so-called “Fair Elections” Act, violates Section 3 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
It’s clear the Conservatives are preparing to steal the 2015 federal election. Bill C-23 is part of their ongoing war on the politically-marginalized. It unequivocally proposes to disenfranchise non-Conservative voters and marginalized groups.
The Charter’s Section 3 clearly states that “Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of the members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for (Read more…)
All the scandals: Senate, robocalls, secretive government, all that pro-roguing…. Has his time come and come 2015 he will lose elections and Cons will choose a new leader? Or he may resign before that.
Eventually, the Teflon® wears off…
Scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal…
It’s only taken 7+ years!
If my password-protected database was used in the commission of a crime… I would call the police immediately.
Also, I would expect same database to be seized by the police during the investigation.
But that’s just me, I guess.
Elections Canada’s “Preventing Deceptive Communications with Electors” report, a response to the robocalls election fraud of 2011, recommends legislation that provides basic privacy protections to voters while stopping political parties from engaging in deceptive communications.
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I hear he knows a guy who knows a guy though
OTTAWA – The CRTC will soon announce it is fining both Alberta’s Wildrose Party and the Ontario Progressive Conservatives for automated polling calls that failed to identify the pollster.
The hapless PCPO leader has some explaining to do—$85,000s worth. And, perhaps not surprisingly, RackNine is involved again. They are these guys.
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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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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Oh, this idea I like very much. And the tactic is easily adaptable in situations that could best be described as ‘fluid’:
H/t Sylvia Wilson Canadians Rallying To Unseat Stephen Harper Recommend this Post
The court yesterday found that fraud had been used in the May 2011 election in 6 ridings in an attempt to suppress the vote, as this article from the Globe & Mail sets out:
However, “fraud” did occur – particularly in Guelph, Ont. – and targeted people who had previously expressed an interest in voting for anyone but the Conservatives, Justice Richard G. Mosley wrote in his ruling. But there was little evidence the robo-call efforts actually kept anyone away from the polls or that the robo-calls had any “major impact on the credibility of the vote,” he ruled. The (Read more…)
By: Council of Canadians | Press Release: The Federal Court has released its decision in the robocalls case. The decision vindicates the applicants’ concerns, as the judge concludes that “fraud occurred in the 2011 Federal Election” though he did not annul the results. This finding about fraud being widespread raises the gravest concerns about the 2011 [...]
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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 […]
Officials from Elections Canada have laid an information in a Guelph court alleging one charge against Michael Sona, a former Conservative Party of Canada staffer and campaign executive.
You guys know I don’t blog often. I greet most political issues with a sens of ennui, and most ‘debates’ frustrate me as tired screaming matches between partisans. This dispute, however, has much, much more to it.
I communicated with Sona and someone who was helping him to manage issues related to his dismissal from his Parliament Hill job. They were concerned about his entitlements, and they were concerned about
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