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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

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…)

Peace, order and good government, eh?: What Alison Said

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…)

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Duffy’s Crime Uses RCMP Time #cdnpoli

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.… #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…)

somecanuckchick dot com: Eventually, the Teflon® wears off…

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!

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Elections Canada Keeping Secret Files Illegally

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…)

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Rathgerber Out of the Strong, Stable, National, Majority, Conservative Government

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Yep, Still Defrauded #RoboCon

*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…)

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

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…)

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

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…)

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- David Cay Johnston and Miles Corak both discuss the results of a study which compares economic outcomes in technologically advanced countries, and shows that tax giveaways to the wealthy exacerbate inequality without doing anything at all to contribute to economic development.

- And Paul Krugman highlights the fact that all the evidence in the world won’t stop the Republicans from trying to take away what few supports are left in the U.S., with a particular focus on food stamps: Food stamps have played an especially useful — indeed, almost heroic — (Read more…)

somecanuckchick dot com: If my password-protected database was used in the commission of a crime…

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.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: “The Liberals Did It First”(TM) #RoboCon #cdnpoli

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Conservative Coverup #RoboCon #cdnpoli

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Defending Election Fraud #RoboCon

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. (

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…)

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ethical Amnesia: Confused As Harper

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Conclusions You Can Confirm Using CIMS Computer #RoboCon #cdnpoli

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…)

CuriosityCat: Robocon: Court finds fraud; Council of Canadians should appeal

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…)

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Campaign Capers: Judge Mosley rules and the results stand

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…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Fraud, but No Punishment #RoboCon #cdnpoli UPDATED

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


Updates likely…

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…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: No Robo #RoboCon #cdnpoli

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…)