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!
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The term “robocall” reminds the majority of Canadians of the robocalls election fraud perpetrated during the May 2011 federal election. The robocalls and related U.S.-style voter suppression methods robbed thousands of Canadians of their voter rights. Canadians have since registered more 1,394 robocalls complaints in 234 ridings across the country with Elections Canada, the “independent” and “non-partisan” agency we’ve trusted with the responsibility of conducting free and fair federal elections and referendums. So, if you thought Canadian politicians would take it easy with robocalls, you’re mistaken. Case in point: beleagured Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s barbecue, held at his mother’s backyard in Etobicoke last Friday.
. . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: A Robocall Invitation to Toronto Mayor’s Rob “Ford Fest” Barbecue
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.
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.
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Pierre Poutine and Andrew Prescott both accessed Racknine from the same computer at Marty Burke`s campaign office within minutes of each other late late one night (late several nights, really) back in 2011. They either know one another or are the same person.
The revelation that the Harper Government has authorized the use of information gleaned through torture is the highlight of our summary today.
News that the Conservatives have filed some evidence in the robocalls litigation: “Affidavit rebuts voter suppression allegations against Conservatives.” As the headline suggests, the affidavit submits the Conservative side’s evidence on the robocalls allegations. Specifically, it counters the evidence of an RMG call centre worker which is relied upon by the plaintiffs in these cases, among other evidence.
But at this stage, these affidavits are not necessarily the truth of the matter but evidence submitted on behalf of a litigant, under oath, and subject to cross-examinations. Those cross-examinations will get at the truth of the matter. And those cross-examinations,
. . . → Read More: Impolitical: The #CPC fights back in the #robocalls litigation
Late news out of the Federal Court: “Federal Court rejects Tory effort to prevent overturning of election results.” The Federal Court has rejected a bid by the Conservatives to prevent federal election results in a handful of tightly contested ridings from being overturned. The Tories argued in court last month that an application by the Council of Canadians to review the May 2011 election results in seven ridings is baseless and too late.
The court said the application raises serious issues about the integrity of Canada’s electoral process.
The Conservatives have the right to argue that lawsuits should be
. . . → Read More: Impolitical: Robocalls lawsuits will proceed
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.
. . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Elections Canada Out To Sabotage Etobicoke Centre By-election
Earlier, I gloated over the influential right-leaning British magazine’s criticism of Harper’s burgeoning elected dictatorship. I’ve a second sober take on the issue. See, I failed to read between the lines: The Economist actually ridiculed progressive Canadians’ collective intelligence.
First, the magazine tells its readers: “Polls show that voters still consider him a more impressive leader than his rivals…” Didn’t we just #DenounceHarper on Canada Day?
And then the magazine credits Harper for giving activists and opposition parties the edge. The Canada-right-loving National Post echoed The Economist’s diatribe with this heading on July 6: “The Economist to Harper: Your
. . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The Economist Insulted Progressive Canadians’ Intelligence
Since coming to power in 2006, the Canadian prime minister “has acquired a reputation for playing fast and loose with the rules.” Harper plays to his social conservative base. He and his Conservative majority government tolerate neither criticism nor dissent. But these “bullying” ways are set to boost the opposition’s popularity and lead to Harper’s downfall in 2015.
That’s the verdict by The Economist, a renowned right-loving British weekly magazine.
In an editorial, the magazine pays homage to progressive Canadians’ recent bruising fights with the government over the omnibus budget Bill C-38, nuking of environmental reviews for Big
. . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Right-leaning British magazine rips Stephen Harper
Editor’s Note: I’m pleased to publish and share with you the letter below, from Maude Barlow (pictured), the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, regarding the ongoing robocalls election fraud case currently before the Federal Court. During the May 2011 federal election, thousands of Canadians were robbed of their voter rights through robocalls and other U.S.-style voter suppression methods. These misleading and harassing tactics kept scores of Canadians from voting. They handed Stephen Harper and the Conservatives an undeserved majority government. The Council of Canadians is backing nine residents who have filed a legal challenge
. . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Robocalls Fraud Federal Court Challenge: Council of Canadians Needs Our Support
Make no mistake about it. Canada’s progressive and democratic forces are converging around Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his burgeoning elected dictatorship. And Harper and his merry bunch of Conservative praise-fingers are feeling the heat.
At least according to the headlines in the last couple of days:
Election result challenge in federal court today – CBC News Tories zero in on Quebec with olive branch to separatists – Globe and Mail The Harper government and the separatists – Macleans.ca Harper government says it’s prepared to work with sovereigntist Parti Quebecois – National Post Harper still treads lightly in Quebec . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper v. Canada: News Headlines On June 25 2012
It’s been almost a month since I’ve blogged anything about the Robocalls Scandal, aka Robogate, aka Robocon (#robocon to the #cdnpoli Twitterati)…
Unfortunately, the only thing new on #robocon is the recent departure… err, retirement of William Corbett and the surprise announcement by Elections Canada that Yves Côté would be the new Commissioner of Canada Elections.
Apparently, Elections Canada does not think that a change like this will affect the investigations into the Robocalls Scandal or any related investigations.
Well, that remains to be seen…
Robocall Roundup Robocon Scandal continues… 5 Robocon Facts Robocon Scandal — (Read more…)
So, the IP address Pierre Poutine used also accessed Andrew Prescott’s Racknine account.
But, there’s no smoking gun?
And now, Elections Canada is talking about regulating — not banning — robocalls made during an election.
Because regulating them makes it all better…
Other posts on the Robocon Scandal:
5 Robocon Facts Robocon Scandal continues… Robocon Scandal — UPDATE
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
At this point, can we avoid falling into a state where political power is seized rather than awarded by the public?
The only way we can maintain good governance is to soundly reject the many corrupt practices of the Harper government: but how do we do that with three years left on their majority rule? Time and again they have been exposed and have gotten away with it. Even when Elections Canada found them guilty of In & Out, they paid no political price. Each time they get away with something, they are emboldened to go further and be more
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Interesting snippets about a conversation about how some American politicians use robocalls to suppress votes down south: Christopher Crawford, a member of the local Guelph election campaign, also talked about conversations he overheard between Mr. Sona and another staffer, Ken Morgan. Mr. Morgan was the campaign manager for Guelph . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Voter suppression: Talk by a Tory of ‘American political tactics’ to suppress votes
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?
Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, the whole robocalls election fraud scandal’s been getting pushed to the back burner. The F-35 fiasco and Lifestyles of the Rich and Bev Oda are taking priority. Thing is… the election fraud issue is probably our most troubling problem. It goes straight to the heart of our democracy — or lack thereof.
I’m doin’ my bit to keep the voter suppression scandal in focus. Here’s a song I made over the weekend:
First, on the Racknine suit against Martin and the NDP…NDP MP Pat Martin issued an apology yesterday for the statements he made regarding Racknine when the issue appeared in the news around late February. His apology was unequivocal, offering no defence, making it appear to be an attempt to mitigate damages in the lawsuit. Note that the request for an apology was made on February 24th and Martin did so just yesterday on his own behalf and on behalf of the NDP. Almost two months after the request. The apology is also figuring prominently on the NDP website.
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Elections Canada was largely singled out for budgetary savings, among all the Agents of Parliament in the Harper/Flaherty budget. When it is in the midst of a 200 riding-wide investigation across the country to determine what happened with harassing and misleading phone calls that may have misdirected voters, with electoral consequences: Mayrand was unable to provide specific details on the investigations out of concern for fairness and privacy, but he added a few new pieces of information:
– 800 complaints being examined by the commissioner of Canada elections come from 10 provinces and one
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The end of the penny has caused many important cuts in Steven Harper’s first majority budget to have been buried. CBC funding was cut to the amount of $115 million dollars, $56 million was cut from the Canadian Food Inspections Agency, the Katimavik program was scrapped altogether, the list goes on. In the midst of the Robocall scandal however, no cut strikes a more political cord than the $7.5 million being cut from Elections Canada.
Cutting millions while the electoral fraud investigation searches through thousands of complaints spanning 200 ridings in all ten provinces and one territory is absurd,
. . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Micah Goldberg: Pennywise Mr. Harper
You Cheat You Lose the Gold Medal
The citizens group the Council of Canadians is filing to overturn election results in seven ridings over election fraud.
The seven ridings across the country all experienced shady live or “robo” phone calls which appeared to have the objective of interfering with people’s attempts to vote. All seven ridings were won by the Conservatives and all but one of them by less than 1,000 votes.
While the article discusses ways of “measuring” the impact of the fraudulent calls, that should not be necessary. The fact that illegal and fraudulent means were employed with (Read more…)
The latest from McMaher: The Council of Canadians has launched legal challenges of May federal election results in seven ridings, on behalf of electors living in those ridings. The ridings are: Don Valley East (Lib Ratansi defeated by Con, 890 votes), Winnipeg South Centre (Lib Neville defeated by Con, 722 votes), Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar (Con Block won by 538 votes), Vancouver Island North (Con Duncan won by 1827 votes), Yukon (Lib Bagnell defeated by Con by 132 votes), Nipissing-Timiskaming (Lib Rota defeated by Con by 18 votes), Elmwood-Transcona (Con Toet defeated NDP incumbent Maloway by 300 votes). All won by Conservatives.
. . . → Read More: Impolitical: 7 Robocon lawsuits filed