Across the country, demonstrators decry robocalls—demand public inquiry instead of RCMP and Elections Canada investigation - Macleans.ca
 

Across the country, demonstrators decry robocalls—demand public inquiry instead of RCMP and Elections Canada investigation


 

We’ve seen this before: hundreds of people taking to the streets—placards in hand, rhyming slogans at the ready—to protest what they see as the erosion of democracy in Canada. Last time, if you’ll recall, it was after Prime Minister Stephen Harper taught everyone the definition of “prorogue,” when he shuttered Parliament for the second time to avoid accountability on the treatment of detainees in Afghanistan.

Yesterday, demonstrators were back on the streets of Halifax, St. John’s, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver and elsewhere, demanding answers regarding the so-called robocalls scandal, in which thousands of people claim to have received calls directing them to the wrong polling station in the last federal election. Many called for a fully transparent public inquiry into the matter. “The RCMP and Elections Canada are investigating, but they are not independent,” Jon Allan, who helped organize the rally in Toronto, which drew an estimated 1,000 people, told CTV News. “We need something fully independent, like a Parliamentary inquiry,” he said.

Many people assume the upper echelons of the Conservative Party had a hand in interfering with the right to vote, but there is no proof. Still, as seasoned political analysts have pointed out, the scandal speaks to the lack of moral integrity in Canadian politics, where it’s become acceptable to play “dirty tricks,” cheat and even flirt with illegality, all in the name of the greater good of one’s partisan cause.

The outrage over prorogation largely disappeared before the next election. Conservatives can only hope that will happen again with this latest scandal.


 
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Across the country, demonstrators decry robocalls—demand public inquiry instead of RCMP and Elections Canada investigation

  1. Pierre Poutine’s IP has been tracked, should be interesting for round two. Protestors will continue to show until an inquiry is held.

  2. Wow do I ever feel sorry for those voters who were duped into going to the wrong voting station. What a scandal, what an outrage. Lets have the media write a story every day for next two months about it and turn it into a national headache. 
    Seriously if you fell for it you shouldn’t be voting. I can just imagine what else these voters is falling for. ” This is the captain speaking, you have just won a free cruise! Please send your handling fee of of $500 to this address and your package will be on its way!”Yawn. I can see why the liberal left is up in arms. Their voter base is gullible enough for this type of ‘atrocity’ to work.

  3. I knew NDP should have won!

  4. If history is any indication, the timing of this whole sordid event was no coincidence.  It happened just a few months after Jack Layton (the one threat to Stephen Harper’s stranglehold) died, with he candidates firmly in place, and with more than enough time for voters’ memories to be wiped clean by the next election call.  Harper isn’t merely hoping people will forget; he’s working to make sure they do.  And the sad thing about all this is, he knows exactly what he’s doing.

  5. its only a ploy by the powers that be to distract people from what they are really up to

  6. Almost nobody protested. This whole Robocall thing is a joke.

  7. One NHL hockey game will have more attendance than all of the combined Libera/NDP RoboCall Rallies held to date.
    The Left’s failure to get any significant attendance at any of their well advertised and well covered rallies, clearly shows Canadian’s are not buying the pumping up of the issue by the NDP and Liberals.
    Time for the NDP and Liberals to contibute meaningfully to Canada’s government and stop the smears against the Conservatives.