Saturday, November 17, 2012
The Robocall Scandal Heats Up Again
Is this Pierre Poutine?
Why do you ask?
Remember the movie The Postman Always Rings Twice?
Because do you hear that ringing sound? My dark cockroach. It's Elections Canada.
Three days before the last federal election, Elections Canada confronted the Conservatives about suspicious calls directing voters to the wrong polling stations but were met with denials of any wrongdoing from the party’s lawyer, internal emails show.
In one email, an official with the agency reported a growing number of misleading calls as voting day approached and said some were worried that a “scam” to mislead voters was under way.
And they seem to have found a pattern, like the one Frank Graves discovered.
The poll, conducted April 13-19 by Ekos Research Associates, found that Liberal, NDP and Green party supporters in the seven ridings were more much more likely to report receiving a telephone call late in the election directing them to the wrong polling station than Conservative supporters, or opposition supporters in other ridings.
Except that this one is so big it's starting to look like a country-wide conspiracy.
At 11:27 a.m, as the agency struggled with chaos at a polling station in Guelph, Hawdur sent an email to a number of colleagues: “It’s right across the country except Saskatchewan; a lot of the calls are from electoral districts in Ontario. it appears it’s getting worse. Some returning officers reported that the calls are allegedly identifying Elections Canada.”
And the most outrageous attempt in the history of Canada to try to suppress the vote, and steal an election.
The Cons tried to discredit Frank Graves and his poll, claiming the poll was wrong because he was biased. But if Elections Canada finds the same thing their case will be further weakened. For a pattern changes everything, and makes every individual case stronger.
And in the court of public opinion at least, Harper and his gang won't stand a chance.
For we'll make sure they wear that dirty scandal, like an anvil around the neck of a drowning man, all the way to the next election.
If they're not arrested first.
And just when the Cons thought they were safe eh?
The fatal pattern is emerging. The circuits are humming.
And the times they are a changing...
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