Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Mike Konczal discusses the distribution of U.S. tax breaks and incentives, and finds that measures normally presented as offering breaks for everybody in fact serve mostly as giveaways to the wealthy: (T)he government is very responsive to the interests of the top 20 to 40 percent of Americans, and so far it has been very difficult to approach scaling back the tax expenditures in deductions and exclusions. Again, since these benefits scale with income, these tax expenditures disproportionately benefit those up the income scale. Obama’s signature proposal for raising taxes right (Read more…)
This and that for your Sunday reading.
- I’ll quickly link to a few Robocon stories which I han’t yet blogged. Karl Nerenberg noted that the Federal Court decision finding widespread election fraud using the Cons’ voter database was only the beginning, and Jean-Pierre Kingsley was hopeful that the ruling would lead to needed improvements in Elections Canada’s authority. But the continued obstruction of the Cons themselves makes it clear that the public interest couldn’t be lower on the Harper government’s priority list.
- Meanwhile, as a stark contrast to the Cons’ determination not to let anybody get to the (Read more…)
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.
This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Paul Krugman makes the case for significantly higher taxes on the rich: What would raising tax rates at the top accomplish? It would, to some extent, mitigate the rise in inequality, which some of us consider a good thing in itself: You don’t have to be a leftist to acknowledge that extreme inequality of income and wealth has a corrosive effect on democracy.
Mainly, however, the benefit of higher tax rates on the wealthy would simply be that it would raise more revenue. We live in a time when politicians are trying (Read more…)
The Conservative trolls will have to get new talking points so they don’t look hopelessly dated. Multiple Conservative parties, the NDP, and another Liberal MP were all fined thousands of dollars for broadcasting robocalls in a deceptive manner where the true identity of the caller was not revealed.
Just the other day I had to mock a flying monkey that was using this year old canard: “No mention in the article that the only confirmed case of robocalls involved the Liberals.” That hapless chap was stuck on the Liberal MP for Guelph sending a robocall that got confused (Read more…)
Mayrand has come out to say finally that the Conservatives are not cooperating with the investigation into the robocall election fraud of 2011. I do not find this surprising, and if you’ve been reading my blog the past year, you’d know that’s because the evidence points to the Conservative Party as being involved in the election fraud, as Elections Canada suspected even prior to the May 2, 2011 vote.
The most damning evidence implicating the Conservatives, is that their secure, access controlled, database CIMS was most likely the system used to create the illegal robocall phone lists.
Some (Read more…)
With the Federal Court recently confirming in law that the Conservatives’ access controlled CIMS database was utilized by conspirators to commit election fraud, there are still some Conservative bloggers willing to put their reputations on the line in defense of not only the Conservative Party of Canada, but of the election fraudsters the CPC’s database supported. (smalldeadanimals.com/archives/robocalls-anato.html)
The judge in Federal Court had limited evidence on hand to gauge the sheer volume of fake calls made to Canadians in most of the country. Had all phone records been obtained from the phone companies utilized by robocall companies to (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Andrew Coyne notes that the Robocon decision finding electoral fraud using the Cons’ voter database fell short of naming names – but recognizes that there’s still a glaring need for further investigation, a sentiment echoed by the Globe and Mail. Tim Harper explains that Stephen Harper hasn’t earned the benefit of any doubt about his party’s role in facilitating and covering up the fraud, while Thomas Walkom sees Robocon as entirely consistent with the Cons’ usual operations: (O)rganized, computerized fraud takes matters to an entirely new level of illegality.
Whoever was using the (Read more…)
I’ve been misquoted as Stephen Harper by multiple public forum commenters at the Huffington Post, CTV News forum and on Facebook! The misquote was so plausible, and written originally by Kevin Wood, that I spent some time (like Stephen Lautens) trying to trace its source in newspapers. I couldn’t find it, because it was originally written by Kevin last year, not said by Harper ten years ago.
“At worst…” is not by Stephen Harper, it’s by me, quoting Kevin. I asked readers to consider the quote in the context of Adscam. Less careful readers took (Read more…)
Stephen Taylor was confused this morning. If he read my blog instead of dismissing me as a bother, he wouldn’t be so confused. He thought the Federal Court Robocalls judgement was saying that no Conservative could have been involved, because the judge had said he’d seen no evidence suggesting that. I can’t factually explain why the judge couldn’t make the logical inference that a secure database controlled tightly by the CPC, could only be used by authorized and known individuals. The judge ruled CIMS was the database used for election fraud in 2011. It is not a leap to conclude (Read more…)
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…)
Remember that court challenge to the results of the 2011 federal election in six ridings? A number of electors, with the financial support of the Council of Canadians, felt that fraudulent robocalls may have sufficiently affected the results in six ridings where the Conservatives won by a slim margin that the results should be thrown out and byelections held.
You can be forgiven if you actually needed that reminder since the hearings were in December and it really hasn’t been in the news since then — until yesterday when Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley rendered his decision. And it’s interesting (Read more…)
Assorted content to end your week.
- For all the talk of fraud and cover-ups among the Cons this week, the most important story on that front looks to be the release of Judge Mosley’s decision on Robocon – featuring findings of fact based on the best evidence presented by the Cons (and affected voters) that the 2011 election was marred by electoral fraud facilitated by the Cons’ voter database, and that the first Cons covered it up by destroying the records which would have allowed investigators to determine who was actually responsible, then engaged in questionable tactics to keep (Read more…)
The Federal Court found there was fraud in the 2011 federal election (duh), but decided the irregularities were not enough to justify calling byelections to let a fair election play out in each of the six challenged ridings.
Six contested election results stand but Federal Court finds evidence of robocalls fraud in 2011 election. Story soon.— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) May 23, 2013
UPDATE I: The court by ruling there was a “concerted campaign” to defraud voters, has decided the Members of Parliament for those cheated out of a fair election. Votes have been denied to (Read more…)
Good news on the RoboCon front: A team of talented, non-political-party-aligned Canadians is working to notify masses of people of the piles of evidence detailing the largest election fraud scheme in Canadian history.
There are piles of evidence. I’ve collected some of the most important bits here for you to listen to, or look through.
“The Conservative Party can say absolutely definitively it has no role in any of this.” – Stephen Harper, PM, in the House of Commons, 2012. Now it’s 2013, and Conservative campaign worker Michael Sona is charged with illegal robocalling.
Guelph was Ground (Read more…)
I found a very worthwhile campaign to fight misinformation and apathy with robocalls and art by non-political-partiers, and hope you’ll assist with its crowdfunding. If you can’t make a PayPal payment, they’ll take Interac email money also if you ask.
I’ll be talking more about this in the morning, along with a few quotes that help show the Prime Minister lied last year about Conservative Party involvement in RoboCon.
I was looking back at my early predictions for what the 2012 Robocalls scandal could wind up doing to Canadian politics. A set of scenarios for an early general election (Read more…)
The verdict for the Robocalls Federal Court challenge is still not in, after the judge started deliberating and writing back in December. No rush, I guess. Why hurry when we’ve coped for 2 years already with a probably illegitimate government? They are willing to run a confessed election criminal in Labrador, and promise him a cabinet seat again should voters be stupid enough to vote for Penashue again. Fool them one, shame on the Cons; Fool them twice, it’s from working closely with Elections Canada and a compliant, docile media.
I’m pretty pissed off that it’s nearing the middle of (Read more…)
Assorted content for your Friday reading.
- Julian Beltrame writes about the reality that Canada has multiple workers available to fill every job – with an assist from Erin Weir: The case for job shortages in Canada became thinner Tuesday with the most recent data showing vacancies actually fell to 200,000 at the start of the year, meaning there were 6.5 unemployed workers chasing each opening.…“This is a striking low job vacancy number and it really casts doubt on this idea that we have a labour shortage,” said Erin Weir, a labour economist with the United Steelworkers union.
(Read more…) think most of this idea of labour shortages is based on anecdotes from the business community. They might have a different definition of a labour shortage. Employers might believe that if they can’t get the employees they want at the wages they are prepared to offer — that’s a . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
One of the companies involved in defending the Conservative MPs who are having their riding wins challenged by the Council of Canadians and citizens of six ridings affected by fraudulent Elections Canada robocalls, is in financial difficulty.
Cash-strapped Tory fundraising company owes federal government $1 million in unpaid taxes. canada.com/news/Cash%2Bst… @stphnmaher— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) April 18, 2013
In documents filed in U.S. bankruptcy court, iMarketing Solutions Group Inc. (IMSGI) lists the Canada Revenue Agency as well as the governments of Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba among its creditors.
The company, through its subsidiary Responsive Marketing Group,
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Con-Friendly RMG and Debts to Canada #RoboCon #cdnpoli
A week ago, Elizabeth May finally got a response from the Queen of Canada regarding the sovereign’s position on election fraud in our country. Her opinion is that Harper’s appointed Governor General is the suitable person to decide if a Royal Commission should be held to investigate the Prime Minister’s party supporters who fraudulently robocalled thousands to mislead them on where to vote. Thousands more calls were made pretending to be Liberals or NDP who were rude.
If the Governor General decides not to investigate why it took over 701 days to charge a single man with an elaborate cross-country
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Well, That Didn’t Work. Queen Steps Back
Assorted content for your Sunday reading.
- Stephen Maher points out why we shouldn’t believe the Cons for a second when they claim to care about cracking down on offshore tax evasion: The top level of Canadian society is a small club, and it includes politicians. The people who run the country are on excellent terms with the business people who squirrel away money in offshore tax havens.
Shea’s meaningless tough talk was prompted by a CBC report that said Saskatchewan lawyer Tony Merchant has $1.7 million in a Cook Islands bank. Merchant’s wife, Pana, was appointed to the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
Michael Sona: Whom should I call?
Sona, charged with being the man behind the voter suppression robocalls in Guelph in the suspect May 2011 election, has, through his lawyer, repeated that he is not the personwho set up the voter suppression calls. His lawyer has called for a public enquiry into the mess (fat chance on that when our government is headed by a man who seems more intent on avoiding public debate of public matters). But his lawyer also said Sona now had the chance to state his say in court. Guess who I expect Sona to subpoena . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Guess who Sona will call as witnesses?
It’s been more than 701 days since Elections Canada first became aware of a nation wide malicious robocalling scheme to misdirect non-Conservative voters away from legitimate polling stations for the May 2, 2011 election where Stephen Harper swept to power as a majority government.
I don’t think Michael Sona, who has been charged by Elections Canada, can be fully responsible for the robocalls made in Guelph on behalf of Conservative supporters, nor could he have had sole access to phone numbers used in other parts of the country. I’ve documented the technical reasons behind these beliefs, over the past 13
. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: 701 days, 1 charge, 234 ridings #RoboCon
The first charges in the Robocon Scandal have been laid against Michael Sona.
Most interesting in this, is that Sona’s lawyer has signalled they intend to shift the blame to the Conservative Party:
Neither Mr. Sona or I will be making any public statements beyond the following statement at this time.
Although the charge is disappointing, it represents an opportunity for Mr. Sona to finally address the allegations in a court as oppose to in the media and resolve it permanently. I cannot help but comment, that if the government was interested in the public being fully informed and
. . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Robocon