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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 . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Elections Canada’s new Robocon hires

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 . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: The Robocon Scandal that was and wasn’t…

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 . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Toronto’s Voter Suppression Protest

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 . . . → Read More: Far and Wide: Robocall Impact

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 . . . → Read More: Oh please

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

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 . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Building democracy

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 . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Early evening robocon

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. . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Friday miscellany…

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 . . . → Read More: somecanuckchick dot com: 5 Robocon Facts

LeDaro: Stephen Harper- More Robocalls Discovered

Stephen Harper was offering free Viagra for votes.:)

JimBobby Sez: The Cremation of Canadian Democracy – With apologies to Robert Service

There are strange things done ‘neath the Canadian sunBy politicians lusting for power;The backroom boys have their techno-toysThat would make your blood go sour;The ballot boxes have seen sly foxes,But the slyest they ever did seeWas on election day, the second of MayWhen they butchered democracy.

In two thousand eleven, for the forty-first time, Canadians . . . → Read More: JimBobby Sez: The Cremation of Canadian Democracy – With apologies to Robert Service

JimBobby Sez: The Cremation of Canadian Democracy – With apologies to Robert Service

There are strange things done ‘neath the Canadian sunBy politicians lusting for power;The backroom boys have their techno-toysThat would make your blood go sour;The ballot boxes have seen sly foxes,But the slyest they ever did seeWas on election day, t… . . . → Read More: JimBobby Sez: The Cremation of Canadian Democracy – With apologies to Robert Service

Impolitical: Conservative phone call harassment on tape

Listen to the tapes here. A former employee of RMG said things like this: «Oh, vous n’êtes pas un conservateur? Nous ne voulons pas parler à un socialiste ou à un séparatiste.»

The former employee of RMG has been let go, here are the apologies: Le collecteur de fonds Don Duke s’est comporté de . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Conservative phone call harassment on tape

Aung San Suu Kyi to John Baird: When it comes to voting, today’s Myanmar a lot like Harper’s Canada

She didn’t say that in those words of course but her sly mention of voter irregularities could not have been better timed and said to a better person.

“We have just discovered there are many, many irregularities on the voters’ lists, and we have applied to the election commission to do something about this,” Suu . . . → Read More: Aung San Suu Kyi to John Baird: When it comes to voting, today’s Myanmar a lot like Harper’s Canada

Impolitical: Harper reverses on new audit powers for Elections Canada

“Tories agree to new audit powers for Elections Canada.” The Conservative government has reversed course and now says it will support an NDP motion to give Elections Canada increased audit powers.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has battled the federal elections watchdog for much of his political career, told the House of Commons on Wednesday . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Harper reverses on new audit powers for Elections Canada

Manning Centre’s voter suppression school

Must read article from the Vancouver Observer on the creepy Manning Centre’s 2010 ‘campaign school’. Here’s a little of what one attendee, John Fryer, discovered. (emphasis mine).

The conversation that followed was deeply disturbing to Fryer. In a question and answer session, attendees discussed voter suppression tactics. They talked about posing as a member of . . . → Read More: Manning Centre’s voter suppression school

Trashy's World: A course on…

… how to commit fraud? Interesting piece in the Vancouver Observer that is making the rounds on Facebook describing a course given through the conservative think-tank Manning Institute. Again, no smoking gun and I’m not drawing any conclusions about the CPC involvement, but give it a read and come to your own conclusions. Trashy, Ottawa, . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: A course on…

Politics and its Discontents: While The Globe and Mail Is Busy Doing PR for The PM …

…it appears that The Vancouver Observer is actually doing some journalism as it unearths the details of the campaign school that John Fryer wrote about last week in his letter to the Globe and Mail.

As far as I know, the Globe did no followup of Fryer’s explosive allegations. Hardly surprising for the self-proclaimed . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: While The Globe and Mail Is Busy Doing PR for The PM …

Word to Peggy Wente And Comic Relief: A Cheesy Cartoon And Latest From Montreal Icons, Bowser and Blue

Keep thinking you live in a democracy, dear.

What’s happened to my country? I went away for a couple of weeks and all hell broke loose. I came back to find that someone named Poutine stole the last election. At first I thought this was a typo, that they meant Putin.

Go . . . . . → Read More: Word to Peggy Wente And Comic Relief: A Cheesy Cartoon And Latest From Montreal Icons, Bowser and Blue

Blunt Objects: Nanos, Robocalls, and Super Tuesday

Sorry for my lack of posting the past three days – but I haven’t missed much anyways.

The big thing I did miss was the recent Nanos Research poll, showing for the second time in a row, the Liberals in second place. The topline numbers (and changes from the last Nanos poll) are as follows:

. . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Nanos, Robocalls, and Super Tuesday

Far and Wide: Robopoll

The first robocall specific poll is out from Angus Reid and it provides little comfort for the Conservatives. The poll also reveals the opposition will find much support in pushing for further inquiry. As well, on a couple key questions, there is some consensus across party lines.

The opposition should ramp up the calls for . . . → Read More: Far and Wide: Robopoll