Robocalls: Mounties on the trail
From today’s press report in The National Post about Michael Sona and statements by others in his Tory office:
Dockstaeder also said Sona told her and a colleague that he paid in cash for a disposable phone and a VISA gift card, then obtained a list of phone numbers of Liberal voters from a friend who owed him a favour, the ITO says.
Sona “then recorded a message impersonating Elections Canada,” Dockstaeder told investigators.
The scheme was part of a “juvenile competition” with the Liberal campaign in Guelph, Dockstaeder said, according to the ITO. (Read more…)
I heard Brand’s interview late last week, and I’ve been stewing on it ever since. On a lot of topics, I have to say that I agree with Brand’s frustration. The existing power structures are not healthy – in fact I would argue that they have been subverted by a series of forces and factors over a very long time. Yes, there are enormous problems with environmental destruction, income inequality and political power distribution in general. I agree with Russell Brand on these principals – these issues deserve our attention, and to be addressed on the political stage. (Read more…)
Last Thursday’s Federal Court ruling on the robocalls and other U.S. Republican-style voter suppression tactics during Canada’s 2011 Federal election is “a powerful victory”, says Maude Barlow, the chairperson of the Council of Canadians.
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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…)
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?
The NY Times:
Several recent polls and studies suggest that long waiting times in some places depressed turnout in 2012 and that lines were longest in cities, where Democrats outnumber Republicans. In a New York Times/CBS News poll taken shortly after Election Day, 18 percent of Democrats said they waited at least a half-hour to vote, compared with 11 percent of independents and 9 percent of Republicans.
Wait — it gets better:
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology analysis determined that blacks and Hispanics waited nearly twice as long in line to vote on average than whites. Florida had the
. . . → Read More: bastard.logic: SHOCKING: Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Suppress Democratic Votes
by Council of Canadians: After a six-day federal court hearing, eight electors in six ridings have made a strong case that there was widespread voter suppression in the 2011 federal election that benefited Conservative Party candidates. They have asked the federal court judge to annul the results in the six ridings. “The fact that the READ MORE
The court case dealing with possible voter suppression in 8 ridings during the May 2011 federal election is starting to fascinating. Right off the bat, the Conservative Party lawyer has tried to nullify the role of the Council of Canadians by claiming that there was a whiff of champerty in the air: Hamilton said the group went out and actively solicited for applicants to file the challenges.
The council he said, decided, “This fits our narrative of sinking the Harper agenda so let’s go find some applicants and we’ll get the ball rolling.” Hamilton cited the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Conservative Party lawyer raises champerty
by Council of Canadians WHAT: Beginning Monday, the most important legal cases in the history of Canadian elections will be argued before the Federal Court: the applications to contest the outcome of 2011 federal election in six ridings. WHEN: 9:30am, Monday, December 10 (International Human Rights Day). The full federal court hearing of the election fraud cases READ MORE
by Council of Canadians | November 29, 2012: Evidence filed in the Federal Court today includes detailed accounts from voters targeted by fraudulent or harassing calls intended to discourage them from voting in 56 ridings across Ontario, BC, Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec (the ridings are listed below), likely in violation of the Canada Elections Act. The [...] . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: Elections Canada evidence confirms widespread voter suppression campaign
Ever since the robocall scandal began the Cons have always claimed that if there was a "problem" it was a small one. It was limited to the Guelph area, the work of a rogue operative or operatives, and that people only complained AFTER the el… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Robocalls: Is the Con Story Crumbling?
Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger Barack Obama won fighting for Medicare, the poor, the working class, the middle class, the gays, the seniors, the students. Thank God! Every attack went into the ditch and now his second term and great… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Barack Obama Has Won A Second Term Over Romney.
I often thought that the UN should be here to monitor the election. Go Obama! R . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Should The UN Have Been Monitoring The US Election?
Only 44? That was my first reaction to the announcement that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe had agreed to send 44 observers from its human rights office to monitor America’s elections this year.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP and the ACLU, among other groups, warned this month in a letter to Daan Everts, a senior official with OSCE, of “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans — particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities.”
“They [will] observe the overall election process, not just the ballot casting,” said Giovanna Maiola,
The Council of Canadians presented polling data to back up claims that misleading calls in seven ridings affected the outcome of the 2011 federal election. Conservatives recently released an affidavit challenging the validity of the Ekos survey that found the non-Conservative… ..
The blogosphere is latched onto the greatest political scandal in the history of Canada, involving the voter suppression crimes committed before and on May 2, 2011, which, according to Elections Canada reports, was widespread, involved clear crimes of voter suppression and seems to have taken place in nearly two-thirds of the ridings in Canada. And until the whole saga is clearly investigated, the last rock is turned over, the last person is interviewed, until then, the legitimacy of the current government of Canada is in doubt. And the CBC response to some of the blogging? Of note, @kady of the
I recently linked a post to a story from the Star detailing how Dalton McGuinty, Ontario’s Premier, has reported to his caucus the wooing of at least two more members of opposition parties in the hopes of securing the majority government denied to him by the electorate in the last provincial election.
It is perhaps not surprising the the response to Dalton McGuinty’s corrupt gambit has been decidedly muted. With the national political landscape littered with politicians lying about the true cost of F-35 jets, election-tampering through misleading robocalls, and Harper-imposed limitations on debate over an omnibus budget bill that
. . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Thwarting Democracy, Ontario-Style
The plot thickens, sayeth Deep Throat. The latest news about the sleuths working for Elections Canada to find out who Pierre Poutine is and who else might be involved in the voter suppression crimes that took place in Guelph riding during the May 2011 federal election throw up this interesting tidbit: Deep Throat and the IP Address
The client identification number may help Mathews narrow in on Pierre Poutine. Prescott has said he owns a small business that has an account with RackNine. The court document says RackNine assigned Prescott client number 45. The court records show client 93 . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Voter suppression: The Mystery of the 4-Minute Gap
Interesting snippets about a conversation about how some American politicians use robocalls to suppress votes down south: Christopher Crawford, a member of the local Guelph election campaign, also talked about conversations he overheard between Mr. Sona and another staffer, Ken Morgan. Mr. Morgan was the campaign manager for Guelph . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Voter suppression: Talk by a Tory of ‘American political tactics’ to suppress votes
The bombshell findings of the UK Parliamentary Committee that heard the two Murdochs testify about their role and their innocence in the phone hacking case, gave rise to Bob Dylan being quoted: Bob Dylan
The report’s findings – including the claim that Rupert Murdoch was “not a fit person” to run an international company after the phone hacking scandal – may to some observers have seemed exciting enough. But, to the Labour MP for West Bromwich East – or, as he shall henceforth be known, The Freewheelin’ Tom Watson – they lacked poetic intrigue. So he added some. “In the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Bob Dylan’s Ladder of the Law and Rupert Murdoch
Harper’s Tories have rejected any suggestion that the voter suppression crimes committed before and on the May 2 2011 election were lead by that party. As the seven lawsuits supported by the Council of Canadians wend their way through the . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Was the Conservative Party behind the voter suppression in the May 2011 election?
This report in today’s Globe & Mail on the results of surveys undertaken by Ekos of voter suppression is both alarming (in its confirmation that criminal acts were committed in several ridings), and significant in its conclusion that the results in several ridings were affected by these criminal acts (my redlining and underlining): The Ekos study focused on three questions: to what extent may voter suppression techniques have been used to influence outcomes in the seven ridings; if voter suppression activities occurred, did they deliberately target electors who were supporters of particular political parties; and how effective were any suppression . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Stunning confirmation of voter suppression affecting the May 2 2011 election from Globe & Mail report
Well I suppose it had to happen eh? Sooner or later the investigation into the RoboCon scandal had to lead all the way to the Con War Room.
Elections Canada investigators on the trail of the “Pierre Poutine” suspect in the robocalls case have been asking questions about the actions of staff at Conservative party headquarters in Ottawa.
And start to look more and more like Canada’s Watergate.
Nearly a year after the investigation began, the agency is trying to determine why database records provided by the party appear to be missing entries that could help identify who downloaded
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The RoboCon Scandal and the Con War Room
The criminalvoter suppression attacks launched against the federal election in May 2011 andthe NDP leadership election prove that any elections need robust protection toavoid any taint of possible illegitimacy. The NDPleadership election provides at least three solid lessons for the Liberal Partyof Canada in the runup to our selection of our permanent leader in the firsthalf of next year. Lesson #1: The firstclear lesson is to avoid at all costs any live electronic voting at a combinedadvance vote plus live vote at a convention similar to that used by the NDP.Although the NDP has not said that they, or . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Lessons for the Liberals from the NDP leadership contest
With thethree opposition parties sitting on their hands in the face of convincingevidence of voter suppression in dozens of ridings during the May 2011election, Canadians can thank their lucky stars that the Council of Canadianshas sprung to the defence of our democractic rights and freedoms. The Councilhas taken the logical route of assisting individual voters (candidates in eachriding have a similar right as voters do) in launching lawsuits to set asidethe elections and have new ones called. These are theseven ridings chosen so far: The seven ridings are: Don Valley East in Ontario, won by Conservative MP Joe Daniel . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Robocon: Keep your eyes on these seven ridings