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The Canadian Progressive: Canada Politics News Watch on Monday, February 11, 2013: Morning Picks

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 11, 2013: Senator Patrick Brazeau: Brazeau symbolic of Harper’s indifference to First Nations – Winnipeg Free Press Brazeau, Harper and Idle No More – The Tyee Let’s talk about punishing mentally ill – Winnipeg Free Press Brazeau Just Latest Thrown Under Bus by Harper – The Tyee Editorial: Unreformed senator – Calgary Herald Canadian Senate: READ MORE

Leftist Jab: Political Scapegoat of 2012: Michael Sona

Fraudulent phone calls and misremembered $21,000 cheques

Sun News, the media wing of the Conservative Party of Canada, through its Parliament Hill Senior Correspondent Brian Lilley “scooped” everyone when they pinpointed the source of the fraudulent robocalls in the 2011 election: Michael Sona.

Small problem with that scoop: it wasn’t true.

In defence of Brian Lilley, journalism is

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: Canadians Take Robocalls to Court – Day 1

by Maude Barlow | Council of Canadians: Under the sheen of freezing rain that blanketed the Supreme Court of Canada, the historic legal cases of eight Canadians against voter suppression and fraud in the 2011 federal election finally got underway. Day one of what is expected to be a full week of legal proceedings focused READ MORE

Politics and its Discontents: Robocalls and Fingerpointing

If crimes were committed in misdirecting voters in the last federal election, who cares who the complainants that have brought this matter before the courts are?

Apparently the Harper regime does. Recommend this Post

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

LeDaro: Conservative Group: Impeach Obama Robocalls Campaign

What is wrong with Tea-baggers? They cannot accept the outcome of the election? They were allowed to literally rig the 2000 election – result in Florida was ambiguous, the Republican stacked Supreme Court ultimately decided the result, halting further … . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Conservative Group: Impeach Obama Robocalls Campaign

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Michael Sona Vs. Brian Lilley: The Tale Of The Tape

According to Brian Lilley from Sun News, he is the guy who first broke the Mike Sona = Robocaller story back in February, 2012.  Mr. Sona has recently stated that Brian Lilley did not attempt to contact him before making the Sona = Robocaller accusation.  He has further suggested that Lilley admitted on air that he had indeed not attempted to contact Sona before making the accusation. Lilley has denied this, but his denials have been vague and a bit cagey.  That is, he’s not making clear just when Sun TV first attempted to make contact with Sona.

Well here’s the

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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: A Robocall Invitation to Toronto Mayor’s Rob “Ford Fest” Barbecue

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.

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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:

Robocon (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Shorter Kady O`Malley On Pierre Poutine And Andrew Prescott And The Tory Robocall Scandal

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.

Canadian Progressive: Canada Politics News Roundup For Friday, August 24, 2012

The revelation that the Harper Government has authorized the use of information gleaned through torture is the highlight of our summary today.

Impolitical: The #CPC fights back in the #robocalls litigation

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,

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Impolitical: Robocalls lawsuits will proceed

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

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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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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The Economist Insulted Progressive Canadians’ Intelligence

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

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Right-leaning British magazine rips Stephen Harper

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

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Robocalls Fraud Federal Court Challenge: Council of Canadians Needs Our Support

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

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper v. Canada: News Headlines On June 25 2012

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

somecanuckchick dot com: Robocon Redux

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…

Required Reading:

Robocall Roundup Robocon Scandal continues… 5 Robocon Facts Robocon Scandal — (Read more…)

somecanuckchick dot com: Robocon Scandal — UPDATE 2

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

CuriosityCat: Voter suppression: Will Kady and the CBC reget this?

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

Yappa Ding Ding: Musings on Robocalls

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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