CBC was reporting that RCMP are calling the payment between Wright and Duffy a “bribe” and “breach of trust”. No charges yet. How come there are no charges from the Crown prosecutor?! The justice system shouldn’t wait until there is an angry protest 24/7 outside of the PMO before they enforce the law once they’ve discovered evidence of serious crime.
READING INTERNAL PMO EMAILS RENDERS ME A LITTLE GODDAMNED CYNICAL, YOU GUYS— Cranky Kady (@crankykady) November 20, 2013
Listen to a Harper Minister clearly state that Ministers are responsible for the actions of their staff.
Wright bribed Duffy, and Harper (Read more…)
Andrew Prescott got instructions from Jenni Byrne to avoid Elections Canada until she could consult a lawyer. Prescott’s work on the Guelph Conservative campaign in 2011 earned him notoriety for having a computer used also by Pierre Poutine. Some would conclude he’s at the very least met Poutine, but has managed to dodge being compelled to testify in court as to that. Poutine at the very least managed to pick the same robocall company Prescott used to make legitimate robocalls for the Conservative CPC campaign.
A list of some of the witnesses, one or two proved liars by Sona’s travel (Read more…)
If some Conservatives were lying about when they supposedly spoke to Michael Sona about a robocall scheme, how dependable are similar stories from other Conservatives egged on by the party’s lawyer, Arthur Hamilton?
Some of the most damaging testimony, according to a sworn statement by Elections Canada investigator Allan Mathews, comes from Rebecca Dockstaeder, who worked for CPC MP Chris Warkentin.
According to the Mathews document, Sona allegedly came by her office and that of another Warkentin staffer, John Schudlo, and boasted of his robocalls work “a week to 10 days” after the May 2, 2011 election. That would mean (Read more…)
Dean Del Mastro charged nationalnewswatch.com/2013/09/26/new… #cdnpoli— Will (@natnewswatch) September 26, 2013
.@torontodan @stribe39 Leaving the question, when will #Penashue be charged for overspending and illegal contributions? #elxnfraud #cdnpoli— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September 26, 2013
The Prime Minister’s former point man for the Robocalls scandal (known as RoboCon around my blog and other fine reading establishments), has finally been charged for submitting false documents to Elections Canada along with his campaign buddy Richard McCarthy:
Commissioner of Canada Elections Announces the Laying of Canada Elections Act Charges Ottawa, September 26, 2013
Pursuant to a decision by the (Read more…)
With the Robocalls trial under way, some newer information is becoming public. That’s no thanks to the judge who has imposed a partial publication ban on investigative documents.
One person with a legitimate account to make robocalls at RackNine, was Andrew Prescott. On Thursday he wrote me to bring to my attention a new detail other than Rogers’ IP mistake brought up in court. Apparently Matt Meier of RackNine made an error initially in linking Prescott’s RackNine robocall account to a proxy server in Saskatchewan. The same proxy server was used by Pierre Poutine to order illegal robocalls for Guelph’s (Read more…)
The trial of maybe the only Conservative stooge to face a judge for illegal robocalls during the last federal election, is underway.
Sona is a stooge, and I think an election criminal. He was from the get-go when he burst onto the scene in 2011 as the thug who tried to snatch a ballot box in Guelph. Did he access thousands of phone numbers in CIMS for which he didn’t have authorization for from CPC HQ? Nope. He’s a player in a conspiracy that robocalled the Conservatives to victory last time. There’s a cover up in Ottawa which the RCMP (Read more…)
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- Paul Kershaw highlights what’s most needed to support Canada’s younger generations: Even with all this personal adaptation, most in Gen X and Y can’t work their way out of the time and income squeeze when they start families. Since two earners bring home little more today than what one breadwinner often did in the 1970s, we’ve gone from 40 hour work weeks to closer to 80 hours. The result? Generations raising young kids are squeezed for time at home. They are squeezed for income because housing prices are nearly double, even though (Read more…)
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- Michael Harris offers a theory for the Cons’ handling of the Clusterduff – from their willingness to pay him off to their subsequent decision to cut him loose: Why were the CPC and the PM’s chief of staff willing to risk what would be an explosive scandal if the facts leaked out, as they did on May 14, 2013? The answer that seems most likely is this: To stop an audit into Senator Duffy trailing back into the 2011 election.
In the early innings of this story, Conservative strategists took the view (Read more…)
Alison at Creekside on the appointment of Pierre Poilievre as Minister of State for Democratic Reform:
Poilievre’s appointment is about a coming battle over election reform and robocalls. It’s been sixteen months since the Cons promised to bring in a bill addressing Mayrand’s proposed reforms to prevent a repeat of last election’s robocon fiasco. The Cons have yet to consult Mayrand on it and he’s been making public noises about their obstruction of his election fraud investigation as well….
Skippy’s new job will be to attack Mayrand.
Alison has an accompanying video which includes Skippy’s attempt, during a Power and (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Frances Russell discusses the inevitable collateral damage to our planet from the Cons’ war on science: Over the past 200 years, Canadians built on flood plains because “we thought we had relatively stable climate — the climate we experienced over the past century,” Sandford told his CBC Radio audience. “We thought it would stay the same. We also thought we had a good grasp of how variable we could expect climate conditions to be based on what we’ve experienced in the last century.
“And now we’ve discovered that neither assumption was correct. We (Read more…)
It’s unfortunate that it’s taken over 2 years for the RCMP to dig into Conservative election records. We desperately need some authority to enforce election laws, because not paying a bill to make it seem as if a spending limit isn’t exceeded, is two kinds of crime.
CPC MP's defence for why campaign did not actually overspend: "We never paid the bill". Cripes. cbc.ca/news/politics/… #cdnpoli— Kevin O'Donnell (@ODonnell_K) June 18, 2013
Harper’s corrupted the PMO past the point even Chretien did, and it’s only a partisan, censoring, Conservative relations machine.
When the PMO wasn’t busy cutting a (Read more…)
Eventually, the Teflon® wears off…
Scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal after scandal…
It’s only taken 7+ years!
Sixth Estate pointed this out long ago, but CBC is starting to realize the pattern where Elections Canada is breaking the law, and denying the public (and media) access to candidates’ election files.
Eve Adams’ files are not right. Elections Canada must explain.
Penashue records removed from election spending file Letters from party lawyer to Elections Canada taken out of file By Laura Payton, CBC News Posted: Jan 7, 2013 5:05 AM ET
Records missing from Conservative MP’s campaign file Law is clear about allowing public access, lawyer says By Laura Payton
.@kady It is unfair for all (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Doreen Massey observes that our political vocabulary has largely been hijacked by corporatist language: At a recent art exhibition I engaged in an interesting conversation with one of the young people employed by the gallery. As she turned to walk off I saw she had on the back of her T-shirt “customer liaison”. I felt flat. Our whole conversation seemed somehow reduced, my experience of it belittled into one of commercial transaction. My relation to the gallery and to this engaging person had become one of instrumental market exchange.
The message underlying this (Read more…)
Who could forget Harper’s “strong, stable” majority comment during his victory speech in 2011 after his party swept to surprise power on a wave of election fraud supporting his party? Two years later, the Cons have lost disgraced Minister Penashue to a campaign overspending (and illegal contribution) crime for which he resigned (has not be charged yet), and was defeated in a recent by-election. Del Mastro, Fantino, Glover, Van Loan, Bezan, have also fallen under scrutiny since May 2, 2011 for serious campaign violations (and an admission from Van Loan’s campaign compliance agreement with Elections Canada). Senator Brazeau was fired (Read more…)
*Canada: 0 Days Without Election Fraud*
You can start at the beginning in great detail… Or you can jump to the end of the beginning.
You can draw conclusions so simple a child, or a computer scientist could make them.
I’m sure the corporate media will tell us if there’s a problem. Or maybe not.
Some of them seem a little concerned at least.
[We learned,] thanks to confirmations by chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand, that Conservatives have been slowing down the criminal probe into robocalls — keeping investigators cooling their heels for months, scheduling interview (Read more…)
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…)