#Robocalls

“Call it the hive mind, swarm intelligence, maybe collective consciousness. Really, what’s happening online with the so-called “robo-call” scandal is all about crowdsourcing the story.”

Elections Canada reaches out for more robo-call complaints with online form

Canada’s election watchdog is inviting more complaints about fraudulent calls made during the 2011 ballot and has set up an online form to receive them.

Elections Canada has already received more than 31,000 “contacts” from Canadians about allegedly misleading calls designed to discourage voting.

“Elections Canada invites electors who believe that fraudulent calls interfered with their right to vote, or who have information about such calls, to use the complaint form available from its website home page to provide details,” the watchdog said.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/elections-canada-reaches-out-for-more-robo-call-complaints-with-online-form/article2360638/


Report a Fraudulent Call

If you have already contacted Elections Canada or the Commissioner of Canada Elections regarding this matter, there is no need to complete this form unless you have new information to add.

The following information is requested solely for use in this matter. It will not be used for any other purpose and will not be transmitted to anyone outside Elections Canada.

http://www.elections.ca/commissioner/complaint.aspx?lang=e


HELP UNCOVER FRAUD, SHARE ONLINE

This week we’ve seen mounting evidence of widespread fraud in the 2011 election. Now we need your help to find people who were directly affected, and lay the groundwork for possible new elections. Over the last week we have seen mounting evidence of systematic fraud in the 2011 election. Now we need to learn the whole truth. Nearly 35,000 Canadians who have already taken action to protect our democracy. Together we can form a powerful fact-finding network, and lay the groundwork for possible new elections in the affected ridings. Canadians’ confidence in the fairness and legitimacy of the last election has been deeply shaken. The news keeps getting worse. Call center employees have reported they were instructed to send misleading messages seemingly designed to stop non-Conservatives from voting. As the list of potentially affected individuals and ridings continues to grow, the NDP, Liberals and Greens have called for full investigations in all affected ridings. In response, the Conservative government has dismissed allegations of systematic election fraud as a mere “smear campaign”. We need to help find the truth about what happened in the last election and use this knowledge to choose the best ways to restore the integrity of our democracy. When this story broke last week, it started a 30-day count-down to begin court proceedings that could lead to new elections in the affected ridings. Our strategy may include legal challenges. Were you, or was anyone you know, the target of any voter suppression tactics, or do you have any information about electoral fraud in your riding? OR, would you like to learn more about how you could challenge the result in your riding? There are two things you can do. Share what you know, OR sign-up to learn more about challenging the results in your riding. The alleged scale of this election fraud is unprecedented in Canadian history. Allegations have now surfaced in over 50 ridings. The Canada Elections Act provides a powerful avenue for challenging election fraud. In any riding, both eligible voters and candidates can apply to the courts to contest the election in that riding on the grounds that there were “irregularities, fraud or corrupt or illegal practices that affected the result of the election.” According to the Act, this must occur within 30 days of the applicant first knowing of the alleged election offences. In most ridings, this could mean that fact-finding and application to the courts would have to be completed by the 23rd of March, 30 days after the reports of voter suppression emerged last Wednesday. That’s why it’s urgent that we learn as much as we can now to prepare for possible challenges in the affected ridings. If you, or anyone you know, were the target of voter suppression tactics, or if you would consider being part of an effort to challenge the results in your riding, please complete the form on the right. http://www.leadnow.ca/report-election-fraud


Measuring the impact of robocalls in the 57 ridings allegedly targeted

Reports of robocalls have cropped up in federal electoral ridings from coast to coast, with the Liberals and New Democratic Party racking up quite the tally. To measure the significance of these alleged robocalls, the Post’s Sarah Boesveld, Tristin Hopper and Kathryn Blaze Carlson dug up Elections Canada’s official voting results and tales of suspicious phone calls from the affected ridings. The reports are largely gleaned from Liberal and NDP lists, which are being constantly updated (and are offered up with varying degrees of certainty). The Liberals specified live calls and robocalls, the NDP did not. Below, the 57 ridings with reported robocalls.
I made misleading election calls claiming to be from the Tories: Call centre workers speak out

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/28/robocall-ridings/


Staff at a Thunder Bay call centre tasked with making scripted calls claiming to be on behalf of the Conservative Party about voting locations during the 2011 federal election knew they were giving out incorrect information, say former employees.

“We would call these (voters) and they would say ‘we went there and that’s not a real place,'” said a woman, who worked for Responsive Marketing Group Inc. as a call operator, and asked not to be named.

“The whole call centre (noticed it was happening).”

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/27/i-made-misleading-election-calls-for-the-tories-call-centre-workers-speak-out/


Fraudulent election phone calls raise more questions

From campaign workers to anonymous call centre employees, concern raised over calls

Even as MPs unanimously passed a motion calling on politicians of all stripes to give Elections Canada and the RCMP any information on fraudulent calls received during the last election, anecdotes revealing potentially more suspicious calls emerged across the country.

On Monday, the Liberals and NDP accused Conservative-affiliated firms of being involved in a scheme to deliberately discourage voters from casting ballots in the May 2 election. In some cases, the parties said, callers were misdirected to the wrong location to vote. Live and automated calls allegedly falsely impersonated Elections Canada or an opponent’s campaign.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/02/28/pol-election-calls-tuesday.html


Elections Canada probes Thunder Bay call centre

Harper ‘absolutely, definitively’ denies Conservative robocalls involvement

An Elections Canada investigation prompted by misleading calls to voters during the final days of last May’s election is spreading, CBC News has learned, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his party’s national campaign had absolutely nothing to do with the calls.

The growing probe will involve interviews with some employees of a call centre based in Thunder Bay, Ont., operated by Responsive Marketing Group. The company was hired by the Conservatives to reach out to voters.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/02/29/pol-robocalls-poor-losers.html


NDP seeks public inquiry into robocalls

A public inquiry is needed to get to the bottom of the robocall scandal, the NDP says, suggesting the issue be treated like the investigation into the Quebec sponsorship scandal that was a major factor in Liberals’ ouster from office.

But Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday the Conservative party had “absolutely” and “definitively” no role in the affair now being investigated by Elections Canada. Harper told the House of Commons the opposition accusations against his party amount to a “smear” campaign.

NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus was undaunted. “We need a public inquiry,” he said Wednesday.

“We believe the issue of an inquiry needs to be addressed because of the seriousness and the scope of what we’re looking at,” he added. “We think Judge Gomery did an excellent job before for Canadians and they trust him.”

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/seeks+public+inquiry+into+robocalls/6230161/story.html


Harper dismisses robo-call scandal as ‘smear campaign’ by sore losers

Stephen Harper is now categorically denying the Conservative Party machine was behind misleading robo-calls that confused voters in Guelph and elsewhere, calling the entire matter a “smear campaign” by the NDP and Liberals.

“The Conservative Party can say absolutely and definitely it has no role in this,” the Prime Minister told the Commons Wednesday.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/harper-dismisses-robo-call-scandal-as-smear-campaign-by-sore-losers/article2354253/


Canada Elections Act (S.C. 2000, c. 9)

PART 20

CONTESTED ELECTIONS

http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/E-2.01/page-180.html#s-524


Robocall scandal allegations unprecedented, says former elections boss

Canada’s former chief electoral officer says recent allegations of systematic voter-suppression phone calls are unprecedented in the country’s electoral history.

“We have never seen anything like this alleged case in terms of this potential organization and impact in terms of numbers,” said Jean-Pierre Kingsley, Canada’s chief electoral officer from 1990 to 2007.

“People vote twice, people destroy the signs, but this automated means and this use of call centres is the first time the allegations go as far as they are going. They’re serious.”

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Robocall+scandal+allegations+unprecedented+says+former+elections+boss/6221283/story.html


Canada Elections Act – Intimidation, etc.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dumpharper/doc/359488677417221/

Canada Elections Act (S.C. 2000, c. 9)

Offences

General Provisions

http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/E-2.01/page-166.html#h-168


Election Scandal

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dumpharper/doc/358228054209950/

Robocall scandal allegations unprecedented, says former elections boss

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dumpharper/doc/359489710750451/

via Council of Canadians:

Mounting evidence of fraudulent robo-calls, impersonations of Elections Canada staff and other deliberate attempts to deceive voters in the 2011 federal election have struck at the very heart of our democracy and shaken Canadians to the core.

If you or someone you know was the victim of misleading or harassing actions around the 2011 federal election, we want to hear from you now. Click the link below and please share!!!

http://www.canadians.org/election/survey/index.html


A number is never just a number: Voter suppression

By Trish Hennessy

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2012/03/number-never-just-number-voter-suppression

via Democracy Watch news: http://www.facebook.com/DemocracyWatchSee articles, and listen to interview, about how Elections Canada (and other federal good government watchdogs) have many questions to answer about how they have handled complaints since 2004 in CBC The Current interview at: http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2012/03/01/investigating-robo-calling and in Toronto Star editorial at: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/1139578–elections-canada-fails-to-prove-it-is-doing-its-job and in Democracy Watch news release at: http://bit.ly/wHRzGm and about how robocall election fraud was first tried in 2008 election in B.C. riding, at: http://www.straight.com/article-620241/vancouver/robocalls-pioneered-bc


Stephen Harper Breaks Election Rules

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrT8K49fyuo

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Stephen Harper breaks election rules, campaigns on radio on election day. May 2, 2011 12:36:00 PM

Sections 480 to 499 of the Elections Canada Act detail prohibited activites by candidates during the imposed media blackout on election day in Canada.

http://www.examiner.com/canada-headlines-in-canada/stephen-harper-breaks-election-rules-campaigns-on-radio-on-election-day?fb_comment=32702656

http://www.cknw.com/Channels/Reg/News/TheBillGoodShow.aspx

In an interview this morning with Bill Good on CKNW in Vancouver, Stephen Harper openly campaigned for the Conservative Party of Canada, asking listeners to “vote Conservative” in defiance of Elections Canada rules and regulations that state no campaigning may be done during the media blackout on election day.

During the interview Stephen Harper contravined the Elections Canada Act by stating that “It is certain that I will vote, and I encourage all other people to vote, and I encourage people to do the same as me and vote Conservative.”

The host of the CKNW call in radio show, Bill Good, was quick to reply to listeners that “We encourage you to vote too, but we encourage you to vote whichever way you feel is appropriate.”

Sections 480 to 499 of the Elections Canada Act detail prohibited activites by candidates during the imposed media blackout on election day in Canada.

Sections 480 to 499 of the Canada Elections Act list the offence provisions, categorized according to whether intent is required, and the burden of proof required to prosecute them. Offences include:

• illegally attempting to influence the vote of an elector or the results of an election

• illegally hampering or delaying the electoral process

• contravening the limits and obligations set out for contributions and expenses, including circumventing, attempting to circumvent or colluding in circumventing the rules for ineligible contributors, for concealing a contributor’s identity and for exceeding contribution limits

• contravening the limits and obligations set out for third party election advertising

• publishing the results of an election opinion poll during the blackout period or without the accompanying information required by the Act

• election advertising during the blackout period

• prematurely publishing election results

• partisan action by an election officer

• using personal information from a voters list or from the National Register of Electors for unauthorized purposes

• acting as an officer of a registered political party while knowing that the party does not include participating in public affairs among its essential objectives

• as a party leader, certifying a declaration or report while knowing that the document contains false or misleading information

• accepting or soliciting contributions for a political entity while representing to the contributor that part or all of the contribution could be transferred to some person or entity other than the registered party, candidate, leadership contestant or electoral district association

• failure to register (referendum committee)

This breach of the Elections Canada Act also comes on the heels of alleged voter fraud in swing ridings at risk of losing Conservative control, as voters are being telephoned in these sensitive ridings and falsely being informed that their polling stations have been changed. In some cases voters have been sent as far as one hour away from where they are supposed to be voting by these fraudulant calls.

The Canadian Headlines Examiner on Examiner.com said that “Reports are coming in from key swing ridings in Ontario and other other provinces that voters are being called at home with false information that their voting locations have changed, and in some instances sending voters an hour in the wrong direction” in regards to the voter tampering reports.

If found guilty of breaching the Elections Canada Act, Stephen Harper could face one or all of the following penalties as stipulated by Elections Canada.

If a judge finds a person guilty of an offence, the person may receive a fine or a period of imprisonment, or both. Under section 501 of the Act, the Court may also impose additional penalties, such as:

• performing community service

• performing the obligation that gave rise to the offence

• compensating for damages, or any other reasonable measure the Court considers appropriate

• a fine of up to five times the election advertising expenses limit exceeded by a third party

• with respect to certain offences, the deregistration of a party and liquidation of its assets, and the liquidation of the assets of the party’s registered associations

Complaints and reports regarding this breach of the Elections Canada Act may be reported to the Commissioner of Canada Elections by email at commissionersoffice@elections.ca.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrT8K49fyuo


Harper Government Used Robocalls To Steal Election [CBC]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNTruRaPzxg

Uploaded by GrowTheTruth on Feb 26, 2012

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The Harper Government has been accused of using an independent company to send out robocalls to voters last election! The robocalls falsely told voters that their voting location had been changed to try to suppress voter turnout!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNTruRaPzxg


Robocall Election Fraud – Stephen Harper You Are Fired! (pressfortruth.tv)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaptyseIkqo

Uploaded by weavingspider on Feb 27, 2012

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The conservative party has engaged in electoral fraud by organizing the robocall scandal which placed automated phone calls to non conservatives instructing them to go to the wrong polling stations on election day. Canadians should be outraged that Harper stole the election and should consider his government to be illegitimate. Sign the petition so that we can have a full independent public inquiry which will hold Stephen Harper accountable and ultimately remove him from the government: http://www.leadnow.ca/robocall-fraud

Watch “Into The Fire”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zejD0UkMGGY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaptyseIkqo


Elections Canada and RCMP Investigating 2011 Canadian Election Voter Fraud

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WINH6NqSvI

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Petition: http://www.leadnow.ca/robocall-fraud

Over 20,000 petitions have been sent within 3 days. Lets aim for 100,000!!!

Its easy and takes 30 seconds.

Send a message to all the party leaders and your MP demanding a full public inquiry and real consequences for election fraud:

Harper didn’t “win” by much (6201 votes is the sum of the closest 14 margins of victory in those ridings) and the cons we now know cheated…

source: http://creekside1.blogspot.com/2011/05/canada-votes-2011-margin-of-victory.html

The Conservatives won their majority with 166 seats. That’s a margin of 11. That means the legitimacy of the Tory majority is in question. It’s simple math.

source: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Tandt+Investigation+into+robocalls+sc%C2%ADandal+must+public+biased/6212272/story.html

Robocalls scandal spreads across Canada as number of affected ridings hits 34

source: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/26/robocalls-scandal-spreads-across-canada-as-number-of-affected-ridings-hits-34/

Link Between Racknine President Matt Meier and the Harper Government , personal facebook photos of Racknine President Matt Meier released.

source: http://thecanadianpoliticalscene.blogspot.com/2012/02/ndp-leaks-more-links-between-racknine.html

Stephen Harper, Jason Kenney, Rona Ambrose and Tim Uppal amongst those whose campaigns paid for RackNine’s auto-dial services.

source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-politics-blog/2012/02/election-robocall-data-dump—12-conservative-candidates-on-the-2011-racknine-client-list.html

If you want to stop Harper Email/Call The Governor General of Canada David Johnston: http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=325 hes the one who has the power to disolve government and get rid of Harper.

Misleading election campaign robocalls linked to company that worked for Conservatives

source: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/misleading-election-campaign-robo-calls-linked-company-worked-174209326.html

Flashback: Conservative Party fined for breaking election laws: Senators Irving Gerstein and Doug Finley are among four Conservative Party members who were facing charges under the Elections Canada Act.

source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/11/10/pol-conservative-election-in-and-out.html

February 23, 2012- The Chronicle Herald

Election fraud allegations raise doubts about N.S. riding results

Two Nova Scotia ridings are tied to an investigation of widespread election fraud in the 2011 federal election. Liberal officials in Cape Breton confirm they received complaints from supporters who were sent to the wrong voting location by “robo-calls.” A joint report by Postmedia and the Ottawa Citizen revealed Elections Canada and the RCMP are investigating complaints from ((18 ridings)) across the country where voters received harassing or misleading automated calls. The phone messages were tracked to the Edmonton voice-broadcast company Racknine, which has done extensive work for several Conservative candidates, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

source: http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/66341-election-fraud-allegations-raise-doubts-about-ns-riding-results

February 23, 2012- The Huffington Post

Robocalls Scandal: Opposition Call For Police Investigation On Election Calls

Prime Minister Stephen Harper insists the Conservative party had nothing to do with a dirty tricks campaign aimed at discouraging opposition supporters from voting in last spring’s election. But given his party’s history of illegal or questionable campaign tactics, New Democrats and Liberals aren’t buying it.

They say the latest revelations are more proof that the Conservatives have systematically cheated and subverted the democratic process in order to win elections. They’re equating the matter to the notorious Watergate scandal that toppled U.S. President Richard Nixon and they’re demanding a full criminal investigation. New Democrat MP Pat Martin predicted the magnitude of the scam “will be enough to make Richard Nixon blush.” The opposition charges came Thursday after a company that did campaign work for Conservatives, including Harper, was linked to harassing or misleading automated phone calls received by voters in some 18 hotly contested ridings just prior to the May 2 election.

source: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/02/23/robocalls-scandal-opposition_n_1296601.html

Harper, CFC and RackNine: http://www.scribd.com/sfharris/d/82574319-Harper-CFC-and-RackNine

Download docs here: http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/82589631

Broadcaster: CBC News Credit/source: http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/1221258968/ID=2202296045

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WINH6NqSvI


Harper’s Robocalls (Bored on the Corner)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wwpKR1E5EU

Uploaded by BoredomCorner on Feb 27, 2012

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This week, Emperor Harper of Canada has had to face MASSIVE outrage, over solid accusations that the Conservative Party of Canada used robocalls to send voters to the wrong polling stations, in the 2011 election. In effect, the Harperites have been accused of stealing the election that gave them their majority government.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wwpKR1E5EU


Electoral Fraud – Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands (pressfortruth.tv)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-3GKPHM8Xk

Uploaded by weavingspider on Feb 28, 2012

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We as Canadians have the ability to take this matter into our own hands. Under the Canadian Elections Act Part 20 section 524(b) states that:

524. (1) Any elector who was eligible to vote in an electoral district, and any candidate in an electoral district, may, by application to a competent court, contest the election in that electoral district on the grounds that: (b) there were irregularities, fraud or corrupt or illegal practices that affected the result of the election.

So rather than listening to the on going debates about whether or not there should be by-elections in the effected ridings and waiting for the government to fix this problem for us, we can take the direct approach and deal with the matter ourselves!

Canadian Elections Act Part 20 section 524(b):

http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=res&dir=loi%2Ffel%2Fcea&document=part20&lang=e#sec524

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-3GKPHM8Xk


Illegitimate Harper Government Used Voter Fraud to Steal The Election

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=805Fw60q050

Uploaded by TheSecretStore on Feb 28, 2012

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Petition: http://www.leadnow.ca/robocall-fraud

Its easy and takes 30 seconds.

Click this link: Here’s what you can do! Its time to remove this illegitimate Harper government, and free the Canadian people! Go here to be informed, its time Canadians take direct action. Its history folks its now or never. We all need to do our part.

Stephen Harper Stole 2011 Election? ‘Robocalls’ Investigation of Fraud

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XkcWN9DSKY

Harper ignores opposition calls for by-elections in ridings hit by robo-calls

source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/harper-ignores-opposition-calls-for-by-elections-in-ridings-hit-by-robo-calls/article2351508/comments/

Toronto Star February 28, 2012

Robo-calls: Listen to this fraudulent Elections Canada message

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1138013–robo-calls-listen-to-this-fraudulent-elections-canada-message

First election scandal casualty: Democracy

source: http://www.torontosun.com/2012/02/27/first-election-scandal-casualty-democracy

February 27th 2012- The word is “script.” And we’re not talking about the Oscars here.

source: http://thestar.blogs.com/politics/2012/02/script.html

February 27th 2012- “I made misleading election calls for the Tories: Call centre workers speak out.”

source: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/27/i-made-misleading-election-calls-for-the-tories-call-centre-workers-speak-out/

February 27th 2012- CBC News- Robocalls : **Confirmed** Conservative Party linked to calls directing voters to different polling stations.

source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-politics-blog/2012/02/robocalls-watch-conservative-party-linked-to-calls-directing-voters-to-different-polling-stations.html

February 27th 2012

Conservative scripts misdirected voters in 2011 election, say call centre

source: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1137273–conservative-scripts-misdirected-voters-in-2011-election-say-call-centre-staff

Conservative staffer resigns amid ‘robocalls’ probe

source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/02/24/pol-robocalls-guelph-staffer.html

Harper didn’t “win” by much (6201 votes is the sum of the closest 14 margins of victory in those ridings) and the cons we now know cheated…

source: http://creekside1.blogspot.com/2011/05/canada-votes-2011-margin-of-victory.html

The Conservatives won their majority with 166 seats. That’s a margin of 11. That means the legitimacy of the Tory majority is in question. It’s simple math.

source: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Tandt+Investigation+into+robocalls+sc%C2%ADandal+must+public+biased/6212272/story.html

Robocalls scandal spreads across Canada as number of affected ridings hits 34

source: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/26/robocalls-scandal-spreads-across-canada-as-number-of-affected-ridings-hits-34/

Easy to read list of the affected ridings.

source: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/robocall-scandal-could-lead-elections-202108363.html

Link Between Racknine President Matt Meier and the Harper Government , personal facebook photos of Racknine President Matt Meier released.

source: http://thecanadianpoliticalscene.blogspot.com/2012/02/ndp-leaks-more-links-between-racknine.html

Stephen Harper, Jason Kenney, Rona Ambrose and Tim Uppal amongst those whose campaigns paid for RackNine’s auto-dial services.

source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-politics-blog/2012/02/election-robocall-data-dump—12-conservative-candidates-on-the-2011-racknine-client-list.html

Misleading election campaign robocalls linked to company that worked for Conservatives

source: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/misleading-election-campaign-robo-calls-linked-company-worked-174209326.html

Flashback: Conservative Party fined for breaking election laws: Senators Irving Gerstein and Doug Finley are among four Conservative Party members who were facing charges under the Elections Canada Act.

source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/11/10/pol-conservative-election-in-and-out.html

Harper, CFC and RackNine

http://www.scribd.com/sfharris/d/82574319-Harper-CFC-and-RackNine

Download docs here: http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/82589631

If you want to stop Harper Email/Call The Governor General of Canada David Johnston: http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=325 hes the one who has the power to dissolve government and remove Harper.

This Video is non for profit, It is shared/used for the purpose of research, criticism, review and news reporting under the fair dealing exceptions 29, 29.1 and 29.2 of the Canadian Copyright Act (R.S.1985 c, C-42)

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=805Fw60q050


Harper’s Robocalls — Part 2 (Bored on the Corner)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYwrHAQAK-0

Uploaded by BoredomCorner on Mar 1, 2012

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As of Thursday, March 1st, 2012, the number of ridings that might have been hit by the robocall “dirty trick” is 61 out of 304. Most of the Harper Conservatives are still laughing at this, but they really shouldn’t..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYwrHAQAK-0


Elections Canada and RCMP Investigating 2011 Canadian Election Voter Fraud

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WINH6NqSvI

Uploaded by TheSecretStore on Feb 27, 2012

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Petition: http://www.leadnow.ca/robocall-fraud

Over 20,000 petitions have been sent within 3 days. Lets aim for 100,000!!!

Its easy and takes 30 seconds.

Send a message to all the party leaders and your MP demanding a full public inquiry and real consequences for election fraud:

Harper didn’t “win” by much (6201 votes is the sum of the closest 14 margins of victory in those ridings) and the cons we now know cheated…

source: http://creekside1.blogspot.com/2011/05/canada-votes-2011-margin-of-victory.html

The Conservatives won their majority with 166 seats. That’s a margin of 11. That means the legitimacy of the Tory majority is in question. It’s simple math.

source: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Tandt+Investigation+into+robocalls+sc%C2%ADandal+must+public+biased/6212272/story.html

Robocalls scandal spreads across Canada as number of affected ridings hits 34

source: http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/26/robocalls-scandal-spreads-across-canada-as-number-of-affected-ridings-hits-34/

Link Between Racknine President Matt Meier and the Harper Government , personal facebook photos of Racknine President Matt Meier released.

source: http://thecanadianpoliticalscene.blogspot.com/2012/02/ndp-leaks-more-links-between-racknine.html

Stephen Harper, Jason Kenney, Rona Ambrose and Tim Uppal amongst those whose campaigns paid for RackNine’s auto-dial services.

source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/inside-politics-blog/2012/02/election-robocall-data-dump—12-conservative-candidates-on-the-2011-racknine-client-list.html

If you want to stop Harper Email/Call The Governor General of Canada David Johnston: http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=325 hes the one who has the power to disolve government and get rid of Harper.

Misleading election campaign robocalls linked to company that worked for Conservatives

source: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/misleading-election-campaign-robo-calls-linked-company-worked-174209326.html

Flashback: Conservative Party fined for breaking election laws: Senators Irving Gerstein and Doug Finley are among four Conservative Party members who were facing charges under the Elections Canada Act.

source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/11/10/pol-conservative-election-in-and-out.html

February 23, 2012- The Chronicle Herald

Election fraud allegations raise doubts about N.S. riding results

Two Nova Scotia ridings are tied to an investigation of widespread election fraud in the 2011 federal election. Liberal officials in Cape Breton confirm they received complaints from supporters who were sent to the wrong voting location by “robo-calls.” A joint report by Postmedia and the Ottawa Citizen revealed Elections Canada and the RCMP are investigating complaints from ((18 ridings)) across the country where voters received harassing or misleading automated calls. The phone messages were tracked to the Edmonton voice-broadcast company Racknine, which has done extensive work for several Conservative candidates, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

source: http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/66341-election-fraud-allegations-raise-doubts-about-ns-riding-results

February 23, 2012- The Huffington Post

Robocalls Scandal: Opposition Call For Police Investigation On Election Calls

Prime Minister Stephen Harper insists the Conservative party had nothing to do with a dirty tricks campaign aimed at discouraging opposition supporters from voting in last spring’s election. But given his party’s history of illegal or questionable campaign tactics, New Democrats and Liberals aren’t buying it.

They say the latest revelations are more proof that the Conservatives have systematically cheated and subverted the democratic process in order to win elections. They’re equating the matter to the notorious Watergate scandal that toppled U.S. President Richard Nixon and they’re demanding a full criminal investigation. New Democrat MP Pat Martin predicted the magnitude of the scam “will be enough to make Richard Nixon blush.” The opposition charges came Thursday after a company that did campaign work for Conservatives, including Harper, was linked to harassing or misleading automated phone calls received by voters in some 18 hotly contested ridings just prior to the May 2

election.

source: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/02/23/robocalls-scandal-opposition_n_1296601.html

Harper, CFC and RackNine: http://www.scribd.com/sfharris/d/82574319-Harper-CFC-and-RackNine

Download docs here: http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/82589631

Broadcaster: CBC News Credit/source: http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/1221258968/ID=2202296045

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WINH6NqSvI


Mr. Sona was in the news during the election when he was accused of trying to grab at a ballot box at a voting station at the University of Guelph, which the Tories said was unsanctioned.Now he’s the first fall guy for the fraud calls.

Michael Sona leaves job amid ‘robocalls’ election scandal | News | National Post

It wasn’t clear on Friday, however, whether Mr. Sona resigned or was fired from his post as an assistant for Conservative MP Eve Adams…

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/24/young-tory-staffer-michael-sona-becomes-first-victim-of-robocalls-revelations/


Here are a couple of Petitions related to this Issue:

  1. Leadnow.ca – À l’Action “Demand answers and real consequences for robocall election fraud. Elections Canada just traced illegal phone calls from the 2011 federal election to a company that worked for the Conservatives across the country. The robocalls kept non-Conservative voters from casting ballots in key ridings. Click here to demand a full public inquiry and real consequences.”
    http://www.leadnow.ca/robocall-fraud
  2. “The Liberal Party’s Public Safety Critic Francis Scarpaleggia has studied the work of experts like Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddart and Canada Research Chair Michael Geist to craft amendments that strike a proper balance between privacy rights and public safety. We need you to sign our petition promoting the amendments, and then share it as widely as possible before the committee meets.”
    http://petition.liberal.ca/online-privacy-surveillance-lawful-access-bill-c30-liberal-amendment/

Finally something that Andrew says that I can agree with.
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/02/24/andrew-coyne-all-to-plausible-to-think-the-conservatives-are-involved-in-the-robocall-scandal/

Andrew Coyne: All too plausible to think the Conservatives are involved in the robocall scandal

“Nothing is proven, but this is a party that believes it has had to fight twice as hard to get where it is, a belief that has only hardened through each of the many compromises it has made on the way.”
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/24/at-least-14-election-ridings-blitzed-with-live-calls-from-fake-liberals/


…and the Con Game is…

Tories say they were victims of robocalls too

A few minutes ago, the Conservatives issues the following release: Statement by Conservative Member of Parliament Dean Del Mastro on harassing and misleading phone calls during the 2011 federal campaign […]
http://blogs.canoe.ca/davidakin/politics/tories-say-they-were-victims-of-robocalls-too/


Personally, I call it another Con Game by Stephen Harper. As robocons don’t do anything without the Harper Headoffice approval FIRST, then I doubt very much that Harper did ^NOT know about these underhanded practices. Who handed these calls?

To say nothing of the earlier Harper financing scandal too. Bunch of THUGS with prissy smarmy faces!

Automated calls not a prank against Leal

Call it a case of mistaken Jeffs. MPP Jeff Leal sent out a heated press release Tuesday afternoon, after hearing complaints from constituents…
www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com



Elections Canada and RCMP Investigating 2011 Canadian Election Voter Fraud
Over 20,000 petitions have been sent within 3 days. Lets aim for 100,000!!…əɹoɯ əəS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WINH6NqSvI
Petition: http://www.leadnow.ca/robocall-fraud



Petition: http://www.leadnow.ca/robocall-fraud Over 20,000 petitions have been signed…

Ex-employees of a Thunder Bay call centre hired by the Tories say “feedback” from voters they were calling was so negative “we started getting antsy.” A party spokesman said any errors were inadvertent.

“The Conservative Party of Canada, in response to Star queries Sunday, did not deny its calls may have misdirected voters but portrayed these as inadvertent mistakes. It said that, in the final five days of the 2011 campaign, calls were ma…

Conservative scripts misdirected voters in 2011 election, say call centre…


Let call it what it is: Election Fraud. Let’s really call it what it is – Robogate!

Check out our new online newspaper, “The DumpHarper Daily”, for more articles with the hashtag #robocalls (updated 2x’s daily)http://paper.li/opHarper/1330339678#!tag-robocalls


“By any journalistic measure, what these reporters have uncovered is serious business and assuredly in the public interest. But to read and hear some of the know-it-all pundits who populate the media, they would have you believe that their brethren’s reporting, and the reaction to it during Question Period, is the kind of silly, inconsequential stuff that grips myopic, scandal-mongering reporters and grandstanding politicians. (My goodness, broadcast media have convened pundit panels to discuss whether the revelations even constitute a “scandal.”) Exhibit A: my former colleague at the Globe, columnist Margaret Wente.”
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/robocalls%2Breporters%2Bwhile%2Bpundits%2Bsnipe/6272965/story.html

“The noose is tightening around “Pierre Poutine,” the figure at the centre of the robocalls scandal, after the owner of an IT company wrongly implicated in the affair traced the individual responsible to a Rogers Hi-Speed IP address in Guelph, Ont. Matt Meier, owner of Edmonton-based RackNine, has forwarded the information to Elections Canada, which should now be able to seek a legal order to compel Rogers to hand over the name of the customer using the IP address. A spokeswoman for Elections Canada would not comment on whether any such production order has been issued.”
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/03/08/pierre-poutine-robocalls/

“I owe former prime minister Brian Mulroney an apology. Several years ago, I wrote that Mulroney, more than any politician in modern history, is responsible for the current level of disdain and lack of interest that Canadians have for politicians and politics in general. … I am apologizing because I now realize it’s Stephen Harper, not Mulroney, who has set the standard for how far – and how low – a government and a party will go to win.”
http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1142762–brian-mulroney-i-owe-you-an-apology

“So there is a context for the Conservatives’ own particular forms of misbehaviour. It does not excuse them, nor does it explain why they have pushed things so much further. But it surely has something to do with how trivial Canadian politics has become on their watch. It is not coincidental that the less there has been to separate the Tories from the other parties, the more viciously they have acted toward them; the less there has been to argue about, the nastier those arguments have become.”
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/03/07/robocalls-scandal-andrew-coyne/

“Given the damage this wretched affair has done public confidence in the integrity of the country’s electoral system, it is in the higher interest of all parties to come entirely clean with the Elections Canada investigation and turn over all potentially relevant evidence, including their election phone records. This should be accompanied by a toningdown of the overheated rhetoric over this affair. Once the facts are fully known, blame can be attached to the demonstrably guilty parties and punishment meted out. The robocalls are a serious matter, but there are other serious matters facing the country that should concern parliamentarians in the meantime.”
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Robocalls%2Brelease%2Brecords%2Bclear/6262356/story.html

“If then-prime minister Paul Martin had not gone on a mad-as-hell national tour in the spring of 2004, would the sponsorship scandal that he ranted about from coast to coast to coast have loomed as large in the subsequent election? Most independent analysts would readily answer that question in the negative. Martin’s public show of indignation was meant to dissociate him from a blooming scandal in the lead-up to his first campaign. Instead it did more to establish the sponsorship affair as a ballot-box issue than any amount of opposition rhetoric.
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1142566–hebert-robocall-conservative-support-rock-solid-despite-vote-controversy

“Immediately after Question Period, Dean Del Mastro stood to complain that the phrase “exaggerated prevarications,” which had been directed at him by the NDP’s Charlie Angus, was unparliamentary. Regardless of whether this was inbounds-Mr. Angus argued it was and offered to produce a dictionary definition to prove it-it was most certainly an attack, though perhaps not one that Mr. Del Mastro can claim to take personally. At least so long as he seems to be merely the conduit for what is written on a yellow piece of paper.”
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/03/07/the-commons-the-yellow-piece-of-paper/

“The jackasses at Elections Canada are out of control. In 2001, Stephen Harper was president of the National Citizens Coalition. That was his opening line in a fundraising letter. His loathing for the election overseers was almost pathological, recalls Gerry Nicholls, the conservative commentator who worked with Mr. Harper at the NCC. It was a ‘blood feud,’ he says, one that appears to be ‘never ending.’
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/lawrence-martin/a-blood-feud-beyond-ballots/article2359436/

“Clearly the Tory strategy is to fill the air with chaff – to envelop the debate in so many claims and counterclaims that Canadians, literally, change the channel. The newscast moves to talk of robocalls and the clicker is immediately in hand, flipping to something less tedious. Conservatives are banking on the idea that voters are skeptical of everything they hear in the House, from any party. If the debate can be drowned in white noise, therefore, it may be made to pass over Canadian living rooms like a storm cloud. Once passed, forgotten. But there’s another side to this kind of pitched combat: It oxygenates and prolongs the fight.”
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/Tandt%2BRobocall%2Bcounterpunches%2Beffective%2Bshort%2Bterm%2Blong%2Bterm/6259935/story.html

“The government claims innocence and, indeed, must be regarded as such until proven guilty. But so far as the Conservatives are now concerned, the opposition parties are perhaps guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. The NDP’s Pat Martin was unimpressed. ‘We do not want any smartass gibberish from the member for Peterborough,’ he clarified. ‘We have had enough of that.’ The Conservatives, so solemn in their regard for the sanctity and dignity of parliamentary proceedings, howled. Two backbenchers motioned for Mr. Martin to be thrown out.”
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/03/06/the-commons-robocalls-in-human-form/

“It’s never the break-in. It’s always the cover-up. In politics, that Watergate-era aphorism has come to describe a well-established principle: Voters will often forgive the first sin. But they’ll rarely forgive repeated lies about the sin. The burgeoning Robocon scandal is a classic example of that. Had the Harper regime reacted to the first allegations of vote suppression with calm and clarity, they’d be in better shape right about now. They’d be happier if they had simply said, ‘We are very concerned about what the media is reporting, and we pledge to co-operate with Elections Canada on their independent investigation.’ Instead, they have adopted Paul Martin’s approach – the infamous ‘mad as hell’ strategy.”
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/03/05/tories-prove-adept-at-passing-the-buck

“Despite all the non-stop talk about the misuse of political robocalls, the best question has not been asked. Why do political parties use them at all? Robocalls are telemarketing of the worst sort. People phoning you at dinner time to sell something you have no interest in buying are annoying enough, but at least one can have some sympathy for those trying to make a living by doing this unappealing work, and some people really do need their ducts cleaned.”
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Just+stop+robocalling+altogether/6255260/story.html

“Canada is not the United States, where an election result can be flipped by playing dirty tricks in one or two big swing states, such as Florida or Illinois. Every one of Canada’s 308 ridings counts as much as any other. To systematically rig an election, one would have to engineer real conspiracies in dozens of ridings, and disenfranchise tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of voters. The idea that any major political party of this day and age would consider such a scheme, let alone be able to get away with it in the era of Youtube and Vikileaks, is a fantasy.”
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Sizing+robo+scandal/6255513/story.html

“Oh. My. God. The election must be a fraud. These are all media-led campaigns, of course. Neither the Liberals or the NDP have the brains to lead, so they follow the scent that the consensus media leaves as a slick. It is getting them nowhere.”
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/03/05/anti-harper-crowd-chase-their-tails

“The NSM – that stands for the non-Sun Media – thinks robots stole the last election for Stephen Harper by calling up Liberals and using their robotic powers to convince them not to vote. The NSM is caught up in this conspiracy theory. It’s become a mania. They’ve whipped each other up. It’s a study in the madness of crowds, of pack thinking.”
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/03/05/sorry-robots-didnt-highjack-the-election

“Harper should be resisting his excessively partisan impulses. Instead of vilifying Liberals for being “poor losers,” he should commit to ensuring the sanctity of the electoral system. ‘I do not believe the Conservatives are handling this issue well.’ says Roger Gibbins, head of the Calgary-based Canada West Foundation. ‘I would have expected the PM to say that he shares [acting Liberal leader Bob] Rae’s concern about the integrity of the electoral process.’
http://www.vancouversun.com/life/mishandling+robocall+fiasco+lack+proof+save/6256347/story.html

“Were we to expect anything different than a robo-wall of denial from Stephen Harper? No, prudence and sincerity would have prompted a much difference response, not the immediate leap to such absolute and decisive conclusions. Watching him in the Commons was eerily reminiscent of that infamous Bill Clinton finger-wagging moment when he declared with deep conviction in front of a global television audience: ‘I did not have sex with that woman…’ Harper’s response was too quick, too defensive, too abrasive, and too angry to be credible. This is what senior Conservatives look and act like when they are circling the wagons.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/daniel-d-veniez/post_3068_b_1318797.html

“Canadians do not vote again federally until the autumn of 2015. They will be smarter voters. But they also deserve a professional, thorough probe so they know exactly what happened in 2011.”
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1141396–tim-harper-robo-calls-conservatives-roll-the-dice-again-with-elections-canada

“There is a marked ethical and moral difference between total war on one’s political opponents and total war against the electorate itself. If Rex Murphy is right, if politics is sometimes reduced to nothing more than causing pain to an opponent, then it is crucial that this opponent not be the citizenry itself.”
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Tory%2Bguns%2Btrained%2BCanadians/6250626/story.html

“Stephen Harper and Guy Giorno, his campaign manager, have come over like T.S. Eliot’s Macavity the Cat in relation to the robocalls saga – whatever time the deed took place, they weren’t there. Both have made public denials about any links between robocalls and the official campaign. How can they be so sure?”
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/03/05/john-ivison-database-at-the-heart-of-conservatives-computer-system-likely-key-to-cracking-robocall-mystery/

“Here’s the thing. Even if the Guelph Conservatives and other individual electoral districts avoid serious trouble with Elections Canada, still a big if, there are other embarrassing accusations that call centre company RMG made very misleading calls on behalf of the Conservative party. Pretending there’s no problem is a little like the knight in the Monty Python movie who gets all his limbs cut off and claims it’s only a flesh wound. There is a problem and at the very least it has resulted in the Conservatives seeing their reputation taking a pounding, innocent and guilty alike. They have also lost control of the agenda when they need to win public support for any significant changes in their upcoming budget.”
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/03/02/robocalls-put-serious-business-on-hold

“Academic research suggests that nasty campaign tactics work best on disengaged and poorly informed voters. That’s a pretty big group, so the temptation to indulge is strong. Parties will usually do what it takes to win. As voters, we should educate ourselves to recognize these tactics for what they are. Then we can decide, legalities aside, whether parties using such methods are worthy of our support or whether they and their unethical works should be deemed unsuitable to govern.”
http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/70148-robocalls-let-s-start-judging-parties-their-tactics

“This is not “inside baseball,” an affair that can be confined to Parliament Hill. And the fundamental issue – the right to vote freely – resonates with too many people – 31,000 and counting – to be ignored. There was a public demonstration, a small one, in Vancouver on Saturday and similar protests are planned in other cities this week. Investigators for Elections Canada and the RCMP are on the case. People who compare “Robogate,” as some call it, to Watergate, are missing one key element. Watergate had a “smoking gun” in Richard Nixon’s own White House tapes. In Robogate, there is no smoking gun to link the people who plotted the vote suppression to figures in the Tory hierarchy. Still, it is more than dirty tricks.”
http://www.therecord.com/opinion/columns/article/681160–a-tale-of-two-strikes-at-our-democracy

“We expect our elections to be squeaky clean, and that’s a good thing. Obviously, there were election irregularities in Guelph, and maybe elsewhere, and Elections Canada needs to find out what happened and who did it. But it’s ridiculous to think there was some massive cheating scheme engineered by higher-ups. We’re not Russia after all. It’s unpopular to say so, but we’re just a boring little democracy that usually functions pretty well.”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/margaret-wente/robo-calls-get-a-grip-were-canadian/article2359578/

“If you believe Mr. Giorno is telling the truth, then you have to believe that any fraud or misrepresentation on May 2 occurred without the knowledge of campaign headquarters, or happened outside the campaign entirely. Maybe at some training school somebody foolishly said: ‘You didn’t hear this from me, but here’s one thing you could do…’ But a vast Conservative conspiracy to steal the general election? No.”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/john-ibbitson/the-case-against-a-conservative-conspiracy/article2358364/

“Regardless of where the facts ultimately take this story, it’s hard not to think the Conservatives would be better off sticking with a more humble line. It might all be the work of a rogue campaign zealot. Heaven knows, every party has workers with enthusiasm surpluses and ethics deficits. But now, even the Conservative Party of Canada is unsure that’s what happened. As good as it is to take folks at their word, do Canadians who are following this story buy that the government doesn’t know anything about what really happened? Until we know more, it’s worth pondering what the real risk is for the Conservatives if this proves to be something more than a solitary Pierre Poutine?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/second-reading/bruce-anderson/lacking-hand-in-robo-call-debate-tories-ought-to-try-humility/article2358142/

“When confronted by crisis and scandal, the Conservative government has a standard operating procedure. Code Yellow: Claim average people don’t care, and say it’s time to move on to more important subjects, like the economy. Code Orange: If that doesn’t work, toss a young Tory staffer under the proverbial bus, and say the matter’s closed. Code Red: Blame the media, blame bureaucrats, and screech about Adscam, coalitions, the NEP and the perils of socialism. Rinse and repeat.”
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/03/02/conservatives-could-be-dogged-by-robocon-for-years

“If I said MPs sound like monkeys fighting over bananas I’d get letters from monkeys pointing out that at least they could see bananas. Whereas these MPs have automated the process of hurling angry partisan abuse without a shred of factual backing. Roboscreech is fast becoming the real scandal here.”
http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/03/03/avoid-mob-justice-on-robocalls

“Call it the hive mind, swarm intelligence, maybe collective consciousness. Really, what’s happening online with the so-called “robo-call” scandal is all about crowdsourcing the story.”
http://www.thestar.com/topic/Robocalls

“Posts and comments on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, alternative websites and even corporate media are bouncing off each other, adding to the mass of allegations of election wrongdoing by the Conservative party. Think Wikipedia but without the rapid self-correcting controls. That is also crowdsourcing, with articles written and edited by those with an interest in the subject. But, with #RoboCon or #Robogate, as the scandal is known on Twitter, the crowdsourcing of information – right, wrong or very iffy – is resulting in one rapidly snowballing story about possible fraud.”
http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/1140248–robo-calls-scandal-shows-how-new-technologies-are-changing-politics

“As one who worked on Parliament Hill, Conservative elections and Harper’s first leadership campaign to head the Canadian Alliance, I believe that we have a prime minister who is a good husband and father, a conscientious worker, and a man of high ethics, sound principles and unambiguous honesty. He would not have wanted to attain power by anything but legitimate and appropriate means. His morality – as well as his love of fair com-petition – would demand no less. But inexperience – and the unchecked and uncontrolled enthusiasm that is a consequence of it – can reach up into the upper echelons of power and snuff the life out of the best leadership and the highest ideals.”
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Stephen+Harper+faces+Nixonian+moment/6245759/story.html

“Anyone who seriously believes the widening allegations of fraudulent calls to voters will ultimately topple the Conservative government should reconsider this position. While it’s clear to me that something nefarious occurred, I don’t believe it was a high-level orchestrated event specifically designed to steal the 2011 federal election.”
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Tories+would+never+risk+steal+election/6244492/story.html

“Whatever else may ail Stephen Harper’s government, it has some serious messaging issues. On three occasions over about as many weeks, the Conservatives’ political instincts went missing in action in the heat of a parliamentary battle. That was particularly striking this week as the government struggled without success to put allegations of vote-suppression in the 2011 campaign behind it.”
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1140090–hebert-tories-suffering-from-disconnect-with-voters-not-in-power-base

“Canadians are justifiably proud of the high standard of their electoral process, even if not all partisan participants are of a correspondingly high calibre. Indeed, Elections Canada has exported its expertise, advising many countries on how to conduct free and fair elections, and also on how to consolidate representative democracy by allowing a greater proportion of the population to actually vote.”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/editorials/campaign-of-robo-calls-have-no-place-in-elections/article2357153/

“As a patriotic civilian who believes in democracy and freedom, the basic human right to take part in the electoral process and all that good junk, I have been in a state of perpetual horror since this story of the robo-calls came out. If the allegations of Conservative automated phone fraud prove true, they will confirm a dreadful hunch I’ve been living with for quite some time – that robots tend to veer a wee to the right.”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/i-robo-call-whats-worse-than-electoral-fraud-a-robot-uprising/article2357495/

“A promising scandal demands a catchy name. Think of Watergate, Shawinigate and the South Sea Bubble. Robo-call isn’t ideal for this one, since robo-calls are automated phone calls that annoy people with a recorded message, while many of last year’s calls were made by humans. But the name is more fun than the alternative, the “voter-suppression scandal.” A crusade to call the episode Robocon (con as in deceive) is on tricky ground, since Robocon is a long-standing international contest for designers of automatons, being held this year in Hong Kong, should you happen to be in the neighbourhood.”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/warren-clements/robo-calls-a-catchier-name-a-better-scandal/article2356709/

“It is hard to think of a time when the gap between the rock-solid loyalty of a steadily nurtured government base and the equally rock-solid mistrust of the majority of the electorate that does not support the governing party has been as wide. By all indications, the Harper government is a lot more attuned the former than sensitive to the latter. The bunker-style Conservative approach to power may well account for its remarkably tin ear as the government clumsily nears what should normally be the defining stage of the Prime Minister’s tenure.”
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1140090–hebert-tories-suffering-from-disconnect-with-voters-not-in-power-basee

“For some, the controversy illustrates an American-influenced coarsening of Canadian politics. But on this no party has a monopoly.”
http://www.economist.com/node/21548955

“Mr. Harper’s Conservatives, many of us fear, have changed the entire game. In fact for them it’s not a game at all. Like their cherished American Republican role models, when they speak about their war room, they mean it. And in war, it hardly needs saying, there’s little tolerance for democratic niceties.”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/second-reading/gerald-caplan/exactly-how-dangerous-is-stephen-harper/article2357089/

“Just when you think the quality of debate in the House of Commons couldn’t sink any lower, this week happens. The spark was the robocall affair, which raised any number of serious questions about possible Conservative Party involvement in voter suppression. So, did our Members of Parliament use the daily Question Period to provide sensible answers to thoughtful queries? Scott Stinson compiled the following after a comb through Hansard, Parliament’s official record:”
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/03/02/robocalls-scandal-sinks-question-period-debate-to-new-lows/

“I’d venture to say that what we’re seeing here isn’t Watergate, but Canada’s first digital political scandal, made possible – and reported – through technology that wasn’t available to Nixon or Woodward and Bernstein. It would actually be fun to imagine how Watergate would have happened with these tools. First, I guess, Nixon wouldn’t have needed a physical break-in; all he’d have to have is a good computer hacker, or a Pierre Poutine with a cellphone.”
http://thestar.blogs.com/politics/2012/03/this-isnt-watergate.html

“I know this may sound self-serving from a politician, but I wasn’t always in this job and I won’t always be in it. I got into this work because, as I said every day during the election, I believe that government matters in people’s lives, that politics matters, and that the people we elect matter. Does the profession attract bullies, jerks and egomaniacs? Sure, just like every profession. (And some would say I am all three.) Are there some con men? Maybe. But the vast majority of people I meet in politics are hard-working folks who really believe that our community can be better, and who want to work to improve the lives of their neighbours.
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Nenshi+politicians+really/6238983/story.html

“Increasingly, federal politics looks more like a sit-com than ground zero for the sober pursuit of the nation’s business. Entertaining, but deeply unsatisfying. Gossip is deplorable and irresistible – particularly when it involves pious hypocrites who delight in scolding. And tales of personal foibles, small deceptions, embarrassing liaisons, even (rarely) of private virtue, add juice, even humanity, to a dry business. No wonder we look.”
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/real+scandal+Parliament+Hill/6236468/story.html

“Legalities aside, it is worth remembering that for every dodgy phone call a reasonably well-informed voter might have received, he is likely to have absorbed a far greater overall dose of character assassination, policy misrepresentation, fearmongering and demagoguery between March 26 and May 2 of last year. Why worry about one source of it and not all the others?”
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/03/02/chris-selley-robocon-is-bad-but-politicians-are-being-a-little-hypothetical/

“The presumption of innocence does not require us to be deaf, blind and stupid. Yet the institutions we trust to hold government to account in this country are so weak – well, do we trust them any more? I’m not convinced that there are such systemic issues raised here as to warrant a public inquiry, and I’m not sure anyone has really made that case. Rather, it seems that people have so lost confidence in these other institutions that a public inquiry becomes almost their fallback response.”
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/02/29/robocalls-andrew-coyne/

“Let’s be clear, I said this on air since the story broke, if anyone is guilty of breaking the law and misdirecting voters – charge them. The law calls for fines of up to $5,000 and up to 5 years in jail. Give it to them. But right now there is a wall of noise coming at all of us on this and allegations are flying from all sides. Time to calm down and separate fact from fiction.”
http://blogs.canoe.ca/lilleyspad/byline/robocalls-scandal-or-massive-stretch/

“It not only insufficient for Harper to merely claim he has no knowledge of the robo-call affair, but, worse, it is foolishly arrogant of him to challenge the opposition to prove any wrongdoing. That’s the kind of attitude we used to get from the Liberals. Moreover, it also reveals a failure of leadership on Harper’s part in not immediately perceiving that this issue has consequences far beyond the fate of his government. What’s ultimately at stake is confidence of Canadians that despite the inanities of individual politicians, or the small-scale stupidities committed in the heat of an election campaign, the institutions that keep this country functioning as a liberal democratic order remain grounded on firm moral bedrock, and that those charged with maintaining these institutions are themselves morally trustworthy.”
http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2012/02/29/harper-needs-to-show-leadership-on-the-robo-call-revelations/

“In the absence of such evidence, the picture of a massive electoral fraud that the opposition parties have been drawing amounts more to a creative leap of faith in the Conservatives’ inclination to partisan mischief than to a tightly-knit factual narrative. So far, the Liberals and the New Democrats have contributed more smoke than fire to the evolving voter suppression saga. In the process, they have done more to cloud the issue than to highlight it. By indiscriminately throwing as many ridings as possible into the mix of the story for instance, the opposition parties have constructed a pattern that quickly lost any tactical sense.”
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1138762–hebert-elections-canada-best-bet-to-investigate-robo-call-scandal

“How very boring that Vikileaks has turned out to be just a sleazy partisan attack from a Liberal staffer. It’s already being absorbed into the system: politics as usual. Rae is sheepish, Toews indignant, Trudeau tap-dances and the NDP are vindicated and can enjoy the show from a comfy distance. Oh well.”
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/02/29/do-we-need-more-vikileaks/

“For the sake of compilation, here are the 21 ridings tallied so far in which there are allegations or reports of suspicious calls related to polling stations. Windsor-Tecumseh, Mount Royal, Lac-Saint-Louis, Edmonton Centre, Kingston and the Islands, Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, Windsor West, Sarnia-Lambton, Prince George-Peace River, Guelph, Kitchener Centre, Kitchener-Conestoga, Kitchener-Waterloo, London West, Parkdale-High Park, Nipissing-Timiskaming, Elmwood-Transcona, Winnipeg South Centre, Sydney-Victoria, Saanich-Gulf Islands and Pierrefonds-Dollard”
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/02/29/the-list/

“With all of the questions surrounding the legitimacy of the last federal election, Canadians should be clamouring for a review of voting procedures and the use of unsavoury tactics. Voter suppression, election voting methods and rules for voter engagement are issues that urgently require review to maintain a semblance of democracy.”
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3485787″

“Frankly, the very existence and scope of the Elections Canada investigation is now sufficient to undermine public faith in the election results. To say this is shocking is an understatement. We now need a full, transparent and non-partisan judicial inquiry that goes beyond the current investigation into possible Elections Act transgressions. If there’s any attempt to prevent this, to trivialize it, to stonewall it, to deflect attention from it, then the Governor-General should be pressed by the citizens of Canada to exercise his constitutional power to dissolve the government and send it back to the voters to obtain a clear and a legitimate mandate.”
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Opinion%2BConservative%2Bgovernment%2Blegitimacy%2Bstake%2Belection%2Bscandal/6224919/story.html

“So does it matter that the alleged dirty tricks in Guelph didn’t work? What also needs answering, if the allegations are proven in any number of ridings, is where the orders came from? How high did this go? Dirty tricks are not new in politics, even Canadian politics. People running for public office, and those guiding their campaigns, will always look for advantages and some of them push acceptable limits. But these ones, if they are true, hit a little closer to home. Misleading voters about where they cast their ballots on election day infringes on the very basics of a democracy.”
http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3486005

“Let’s be clear: Vikileaks is ugly, sleazy, politics; Robocon is far more ugly and sleazy, and illegal. There is no point trying to equate the two. Nevertheless, the Liberals reacted to the first revelations of the robocalls much as the Conservatives reacted to the first revelations of Vikileaks. Both dialled the scandalphone up to 11 – the only setting they ever use, which is problematic in cases of actual scandal – and aimed it toward their culprits of choice. The Liberals all but accused the entire Conservative Party of Canada of plotting to steal the 2011 general election (thus proving that there is, in fact, a way to overstate these appalling allegations).”
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/02/29/chris-selley-vikileaks-and-robocon-highlight-ottawas-snowglobe-of-spite/

“If Elections Canada can prove that one or more individuals engaged in voter suppression tactics on behalf of a political party, an apology from that party’s leader will not be sufficient. Vikileaks was an unwarranted, though legal, violation of Toews’ privacy. Vote suppression through robocalls would be an illegal attack on the basic democratic right all Canadians have to vote.”
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/02/28/vikileaks-bad-robocalls-worse

“If there was sufficient evidence of wrongdoing in Nipissing–Timiskaming to bring that 18-vote plurality into doubt, a judge could nullify the election, which would force a by-election. But before that happened, either side could appeal the decision directly to the Supreme Court. In other words, even if there was hanky-panky in the riding so serious that it warranted a by-election, if could take years before that by-election was called. It might even be overtaken by a general election. No wonder the Conservatives are hunkering down on this one. Unless clear evidence emerges of wrongdoing, time and the law are on their side.”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/in-the-robo-call-affair-time-and-the-law-favour-the-tories/article2353287/

“Pierre Poutine, you’re no Dudley Do-Right. Reveal yourself! Spare us this rare moment of bizarre Canadiana, spending far too much time trying to discover your identity all the while suffering the fallout from your demon dialing. When you existed in curd form we only needed to fear for our arteries; now our entire body politic is being poisoned.”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/second-reading/silver-powers/who-is-electoral-demon-dialer-pierre-poutine/article2353875/

“The old adage holds true – you play in the mud, you (and your party) gets dirty. If Canadians don’t get angry, demand an independent probe and an end to the sleaze in this town, we’ll all be looking back at the 61.1 per cent voter turnout of 2011 as the golden age of Canadian democracy.”
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1138388–tim-harper-allegations-of-fraud-sleaze-a-turnoff-to-voters

“The Conservative candidate in Guelph lost by 6,000 votes anyway. Robocalls don’t change outcomes in races that aren’t close, and so far no one has pointed to a close race whose result was changed by them. Sorry, but this isn’t Watergate. Nobody broke into Liberal or NDP campaign headquarters and stole their hard drives. No journalists are meeting sources at 2 a.m. in the garage of the National Arts Centre. Nowadays journalists generally just talk to each other on Twitter.”
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/MacDonald%2BEven%2Bthere%2Bwere%2Brobocalls%2BHarper%2Bfair%2Bsquare/6223784/story.html

“Some of the Conservative reaction to the growing robocall scandal reminds us of Leslie Nielsen standing in front of an exploding fire-works factory in Naked Gun while telling a gathering crowd, “Move on. Nothing to see here.” On Monday, Tory Senator Mike Duffy blamed it on third parties. Conservative strategist Tim Powers called it opposition hysteria. On the weekend, Defence Minister Peter MacKay called it an isolated incident. In question period Monday, the unflappable Stephen Harper gave them all a lesson in crisis communications, saying that anyone with evidence of illegal acts should notify Elections Canada, as Harper says his party has done, so the agency can investigate and report back to the House of Commons. It’s the only credible response.”
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/This+Zimbabwe/6219844/story.html

“Under Stephen Harper, the Conservatives have pushed the line of what is considered fair game in partisan politics. It now basically sits on the divide between what is legal and what is not. The evidence suggests that the closer parties play to that line, the greater the chances that some of their partisans will cross it. The Liberals just learned that the hard way when it was found that one of their staffers was responsible for leaking details of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ private life on Twitter. Too often, the opposition has been prompt to follow the Conservatives down the same slippery slope.”
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1137648–hebert-robo-call-accusations-raise-uncomfortable-questions

“The Liberal Party deservedly paid a price for the Quebec sponsorship scandal. People went to jail, and the party has never really recovered. This Conservative vote fraud scandal is arguably worse. It does not just involve the theft of tax dollars in one province. It involves the theft of an actual election, in ridings right across Canada. If the allegations are true, Harper’s party has debased our democracy, and made us look to the world like a banana republic. What is most astonishing, and sad, is that Conservatives may have engaged in election fraud when they were always going to win the damned thing anyway.”
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/02/27/first-election-scandal-casualty-democracy

“The allegations in the so-called robocall scandal – that Tory campaign workers, or someone pretending to be from the federal Conservatives, hired a call centre to make deliberately misleading calls in advance of the 2011 election in an attempt to suppress Liberal-voter turnout – are serious enough to warrant an open, public investigation. It doesn’t matter whether enough calls were made to alter the outcome of even a single tightly contested ridings. The issue is public faith in our electoral system, which is already shaky. An inquiry may be the only way to maintain Canadians’ trust.”
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Getting+bottom+robo+scandal/6219359/story.html

“The Conservatives insist they want the truth to be exposed. If that’s true, they must appoint a fully independent, fully empowered judicial inquiry. And why shouldn’t they? To paraphrase what many Conservatives said about warrantless Internet surveillance, they have nothing to fear if they have nothing to hide.”
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/more+look+phone+scams+more+find/6219011/story.html

“To Gomery, or not to Gomery? That is the question. As the full weight of the robocalls scandal settles over official Ottawa and the players marshal their forces for war this week in the House, it has become quite clear that the Conservatives have no decent line of defence, here. They’re flying blind.”
http://www.canada.com/Tandt+Investigation+into+robocalls+scandal+must+public+biased/6212250/story.html

“Prime Minister Stephen Harper has a major problem. How he deals with it will tell us whether the comforts of majority government have dulled his political instincts. Elections Canada and the RCMP are investigating some pretty serious stuff in at least one riding, Guelph, where one or more Conservative party workers may have impersonated Elections Canada officials in an effort to lure Liberal voters to a non-existent polling station. How much of that kind of thing went on, and how high knowledge of the activity went in the party, is the all-important question.”
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/voter-suppression-scandal-will-be-a-test-of-pms-leadership/article2350684/

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