Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Michael Sona, Stephen Harper, and the Robocall Conspiracy
It was an attempt to steal an election, and today one of Stephen Harper's Cons was sent to jail for that crime against democracy.
Former Conservative staffer Michael Sona has been sentenced to nine months in jail plus a year on probation for trying to keep some voters in Guelph, Ont., from casting ballots in the 2011 federal election.
But it wasn't much of a sentence, and the burning question remains:
What about the others?
For there were others, and it was a conspiracy.
NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus said it's appropriate that Sona will spend time in jail for the crime, and said this is the second court judgment about misleading robocalls "where questions have been raised as to who else has been involved."
"To believe that Mr. Sona was a lone wolf who orchestrated all this, it's not credible. I would invite Mr. Sona, as part of his rehabilitation, to tell us who else — who else — was involved."
Like another judge before him, the judge who sentenced Sona believes that he didn't act alone...
Hearn said in August that he is "fully satisfied" Sona at least aided or abetted those involved in what became known as the robocalls scandal, though he added he believes Sona had help from one or more people.
And since the conspirators used the Con database, until they are also exposed, arrested and punished, who can say it won't happen again?
But beyond this court case, and the question of who is the real Pierre Poutine, is the question of how much did Stephen Harper know?
For I can never forget the weird way he was acting on the day of the last election...
And even if Harper didn't know what was going on all over the country, which I find very hard to believe, there is the still question of his moral responsibility.
For he was the one who suckled those young Con fanatics...
Taught them to worship him like some kind of cult leader.
Like the kind of young fanatics who are running the PMO today...
And instilled in them the corrupt belief that winning is EVERYTHING.
And that the end justifies the means.
But then we may never know the answers because Harper has made sure that this scandal, and any other attempts to steal an election will never be properly investigated.
By gutting the powers of the Chief Returning Officer, and denying him the authority to compel witnesses to testify.
But that still leaves Harper to explain explain why the spectre of criminality follows him wherever he goes. Like the ghost of Christmas past...
Or his former adviser Bruce Carson.
A former senior adviser to Stephen Harper says the prime minister knew about criminal charges he'd faced, despite Harper's assertion that he would never have hired Bruce Carson had he known about "more recent things."
Whose latest trial on corruption charges will begin soon.
Or his former Parliamentary Secretary Dean Del Mastro.
Who will be sentenced soon.
Or his Senategate gang...
Whose responsibility, and his involvement in the attempted cover-up, remain to be determined.
And all this from a leader who came to power in the aftermath of the Adscam scandal, and who promised to clean up government.
What a laugh. What a TRAVESTY
And really I don't know what other conclusion any decent person in this country can reach than this one:
Our government will not be clean.
And our democracy will not be safe.
Until we've taken out the Cons with the garbage.
And The Great Corrupter is defeated...
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