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Impolitical: 7 Robocon lawsuits filed

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.

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Far and Wide: Pre-Mature Verdicts

I’ve been utterly amazed at how many supposed political “experts”, pundits, observers, have been so quick to pass judgement on the robo-call affair. There is a dismissive tone, intertwined with some sort of misplaced arrogance, that thinks the electorate fits into some neat theorem. There is a reason all study involving humans is called SOCIAL science and not SCIENCE, and these over bearing cynics get lost in their own smug assertions to recognize the error. Seems to me true wisdom first understands the folly of rash judgements, particularly when the facts are evolving and the debate looks to be protracted.

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somecanuckchick dot com: Demand a Royal Commission, Canada!

FACT: Only the Harper government can call for a judicial inquiry into the Robocalls Scandal… and that ain’t gonna happen, Canada!

Would you like a Royal Commission to investigate the Robocalls Scandal?

Would you like to know how you can make that happen, Canada?

Contact the Governor General and demand a Royal Commission!

Politics and its Discontents: The Scourge of Rogue Elements

Following Canadian Tire’s conviction for gasoline price-fixing in Kingston and Brockville, a spokesperson for the company, Liz Hamilton, had this to say:

“… the company’s participation in the price-fixing ring was the work of a single regional business manager, who is no longer with the company after an internal investigation.”

Will the scourge of rogue elements never end? Recommend this Post

somecanuckchick dot com: There is a pattern here, Canada!

Deny, deny, deny, deny, deny!

Drag through the courts — on the Canadian taxpayers’ dime — for 5.5 years!

And then…

The Conservative Party of Canada admitted to illegal campaign advertising tactics.

The Conservative Party of Canada plead guilty to Elections Canada Act violations.

somecanuckchick dot com: The Robocon Scandal is more widespread than previously thought…

I maintain that if even one voter in these ridings was intimidated/misdirected/misinformed by these robocalls — that’s one too many!

These robocalls are grounds “for a f*cking huge investigation”!

The Robocon Scandal is more widespread than previously thought…

New phone records show that robocalls targeted voters in ridings all across Ontario — not just Guelph.

People are jumping to conclusions that we’re stupid, MP says

Defenders say MP Dean Del Mastro’s performance on CBC-TV could be due to medication

Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

Encyclopaedia Britannica edition… Bye-bye to that venerable institution. I remember when my parents bought a set from a door-to-door salesman. I went through every single page! But the truth is that research tools have come a long way and we shouldn’t mourn the death of the candle because of the invention of the light bulb… [...]

somecanuckchick dot com: Is the gun smoking yet?

An investigation by CBC News has turned up voters all over Canada who say the reason they got robocalls sending them to fictitious polling stations was that they had revealed they would not vote Conservative.

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand announced today that he now has over 700 Canadians from across the country who allege specific circumstances of fraudulent or improper calls.

I have to ask, is the gun smoking yet?

How about now?

Now?

Runesmith's Canadian Content: Confessions of a RoboCaller

My name is Jennifer Smith, and I’m a robocaller.

No, not that robocaller. Compared to Mr. Poutine I’m small potatoes, really. I just called a few hundred of my supporters in Ward 2 in Milton on the eve of the 2010 municipal election to remind them to get out and vote for me as town councillor the next day. Most of them did, I’m happy to say, although in the end it wasn’t quite enough for a win. Next time.

I know that robocalling and supporter databases are a bit of a mystery to most people, so allow me to

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Law is Cool: About Those Robocalls…

Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro was himself behind two robocalls on election day, the Calgary Herald revealed today. Del Mastro’s campaign manager, Jeff Westlake, sent recorded messages to constituents reminding them that it was election day and offering rides, but only identified the caller as “Jeff.”

The problem is that the Member of Provincial Parliament for Peterborough is named Jeff Leal, and many constituents were confused. He also happens to be a Liberal, and claims calls were made during the Provincial election calling him a “baby killer.”

Del Mastro hired Nick Kouvalis of Campaign Research to

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Michael Sona speaks out. UPDATED: It appears to be a hoax.

UPDATE: @saskboy advises this video is a fake. @PopeShakey provides the photo evidence:

“I have a lot more dirt than this and it’s all going to come out now.”

“By the way everybody, there are worse and more disturbing Robocalls to come.”

H/T: @PopeShakey

Impolitical: Elections Canada’s new Robocon hires

“Elections Canada hires 14 new ‘frontline’ staff to examine more than 31,000 complaints on voter suppression issue.”

Ramping up staff, part of that flexing of whatever is needed: “The Commissioner of Canada Elections has the authority, during periods of high volume, to contract additional resources or call upon other law enforcement agencies, such as the RCMP, to lend assistance and expertise,” Enright said.

Who knew the Conservatives would be creating jobs in the election fraud examination field…

somecanuckchick dot com: The Robocon Scandal that was and wasn’t…

REPEAT AFTER ME: An issue-based call is not a voter suppression call.

An issue-based call, setting out where [Conservative candidate Marty Burke] stood on the issue — of Abortion — is not remotely the same as a voter suppression call where voters were targeted, with calls claiming to be from Elections Canada, stating specific polling stations had been moved.

REPEAT AFTER ME: An issue-based call is not a voter suppression call.

Politics and its Discontents: Toronto’s Voter Suppression Protest

If you live in southern Ontario, you know that yesterday was a gift, with sunny skies and temperatures reaching about 15 degrees Celsius, surpassing normal highs by about 11 degrees.

A crowd of maybe 1000 gathered in Toronto’s Dundas Square to protest the threats against our democracy epitomized by the voter suppression crimes of the last federal election, crimes that the ruling Harper Conservatives seem strangely indifferent to as they consistently impede and mock all efforts to uncover the truth.

As you will see in the pictures that follow, both the protest signs and the range of ages attending the

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Far and Wide: Robocall Impact

I find it a bit odd, the rush to verdict on the robocall affair, particularly when it’s clearly an evolving story, that is nowhere near crescendo. How anyone can make definitive conclusion on resonance escapes me, particularly seasoned observers like a Gerry Nichols for example. Much of the impetus for these rash pronouncements seems to stem from already held beliefs on what matters to Canadians, rather than viewing the robocall affair with non jaundiced eyes. Considering many a government has been harmed by non “trains on time” scandals, the dismissive tone from many quarters strikes me as misplaced cynicism.

Kinsella

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Oh please

In what deranged, demented, scum-ridden universe is this the equivalent of this? I haven’t read up on this Electoral Fraud thing that has apparently been perpetrated enough to make any in-depth comments on it. However, I do know that a campaign of calls purposely directing people to the wrong polling station isn’t even in the [...]

Manning Centre’s inclusive policies: Stephen Maher thrown out of conference. Replies, “kiss my ass”.

This is disgusting. Stephen Maher, along with Glen McGregor, is doing a yeoman’s job of reporting the beginnings of the Robocalls scandal. For his honest work, which incidentally appears in the right-wing National Post, the Manning Centre has booted him from their conference. Must not have any reporting that might not dress up the . . . → Read More: Manning Centre’s inclusive policies: Stephen Maher thrown out of conference. Replies, “kiss my ass”.

Manning Centre’s inclusive policies: Stephen Maher thrown out of conference. Replies, "kiss my ass".

This is disgusting. Stephen Maher, along with Glen McGregor, is doing a yeoman’s job of reporting the beginnings of the Robocalls scandal. For his honest work, which incidentally appears in the right-wing National Post, the Manning Centre has booted him from their conference. Must not have any reporting that might not dress up the conference exclusively in Conservative talking points, right?

Impolitical: Building democracy

Here was Preston Manning speaking to the media yesterday on voter suppression: Speaking to reporters, Manning said all parties should be worried about robocall vote-suppression during the 2011 election that directed some voters to the wrong polling stations and which has Elections Canada investigating complaints of voter fraud.

“I think it’s deplorable, those types of tactics. I’ve spent my life trying to get people to participate more in the political process, for them to vote more, and the fact that people are trying to work in the opposite direction is deplorable,” Manning said.

What happened at the Manning Centre

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Impolitical: Early evening robocon

Polling on election fraud allegations…it’s going to happen, might as well take a looksy: “Canadians split on who’s to blame for robocalls: poll.” From Ipsos, it is said to be a “blended telephone and online poll this week of 3,154 Canadians…”(1001 telephone/2153 online). While the headline is playing up a “split,” this isn’t good news for the Conservatives given the high threshold in the statement that respondents are asked to express agreement or disagreement with: In the survey, people were told there had been accusations that some people working for the Conservative party in the last election

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Trashy's World: Friday miscellany…

… O M G! The SKY is falling edition… Literally. The sky. Falling. Yup. The sun burps and we all freak out. Oh no! The GPS on my iPhone might lose some of its precision!!!! Anyhow, the solar “storm” seems to have had little impact and we can all carry on with our lives. Phew. [...]

Trashy's World: Jason Kenney rises in the House…

… to screech that fraudulent calls were the result of a massive solar storm. Possibly caused by Stephen Dion. Or Taliban Bob. Solar system frauds. A proud legacy of the Conservative Party of Canada. Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

somecanuckchick dot com: 5 Robocon Facts

FACT: The Conservative Party of Canada is the only party presently being investigated for robocalls made during the last election.

FACT: The Conservative Party of Canada was named in the search warrant which compelled RackNine to turn over documents pertaining to robocalls made in the riding of Guelph.

FACT: The Conservative Party of Canada reviewed the tapes of every call made by the Responsive Marketing Group call centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario… before Elections Canada.

FACT: The Conservative Party of Canada refused to publicly release phone records related to their telemarketing in the last election.

LeDaro: Stephen Harper- More Robocalls Discovered

Stephen Harper was offering free Viagra for votes.:)