Elections Canada probed Tories’ Guelph campaign in November

Elections Canada’s robocall probe, which has dominated federal politics for the last week and sparked claims of widespread electoral fraud from the opposition, appears to be limited to a single riding, according to documents obtained by the Edmonton Journal.

The arms-length federal agency obtained a warrant for documents held by RackNine Inc., an Edmonton company caught up in the scandal, in November. From the Ottawa Citizen:

[The Order] specifically refers to records related to the campaign of Conservative candidate Marty Burke in Guelph, where many voters reported receiving pre-recorded messages that falsely claimed their polling stations had moved.

Since reports of that investigation came to light last week, Liberals and New Democrats have reported fraudulent calls in dozens of ridings across the country and the Conservatives have called on anyone with information to send it to Elections Canada — but the documents suggest any such investigation was more narrowly focused, at least in November.

The news could provide some cover for the beleaguered Tories, who on Monday clung to the lines they’ve used since the story broke: that they ran a clean campaign; that any malfeasance was limited; and that rogues elements are to blame for anything that went wrong. From The Globe and Mail:

The message from Tories, in private conversations Monday, was that something wrong happened in the riding of Guelph in the spring, 2011 election campaign – but that was the work of local staffers and took place without the knowledge of the national Conservative machine.

Complicating that narrative, however, are stories cropping up daily of other alleged dirty tricks from across the country. The Citizen reported Tuesday that Liberals had complained of similar foul play in a tightly contested Ottawa-area riding in November. Aaron Wherry, meanwhile, had the running tally of ridings in question at 11 as of Monday night. (He added another three to the list Tuesday morning.)




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Elections Canada probed Tories’ Guelph campaign in November

  1. “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.”

    Macleans sure give us a “tame” explanation of this gross travesty of Canada’s “democratic” election process, and perhaps its writers should apply as counsel for the guilty parties!  Come on, boys, wake up and smell the Fraud and don’t use your magazine as cover!!
    We all know what the Tea Party North has done–at the expense of Libs/Dems/Greens…..shame on you!

    • I’d like nothing better than something to pin on the Tories that will wake up the electorate to what they are truly like – but let’s wait until we have evidence. Otherwise, we get the “Boy who cried wolf” syndrome & everyone will tune out when the real s#!t hits the fan.

      • That, KeithBram, is exactly the point of the operation.  It is the Amnesia Gambit.

  2. The NDP was, itself, involved in voter fraud, in at least one riding. In Edmonton-Strathcona, businesses, city parks, and vacant lots (totalling about 500 ‘voters’) were listed as ‘residences.’ Elections Canada is already investigating this.

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  4. Hey, MacLeans is now and always has been single minded in its promotion of the Conservative Party and its agenda of corporatization of governments in Canada. It is not strange and in fact should be expected that unless Harper kills someone at high noon in front of the Parliament buildings MacLeans would never seriously criticize either the Conservative Party or Harper.
    Morality is comprised of human, social and spiritual values – none of which can be measured or described in terms of dollars. Morality has three positions: moral – one knows what it is and does it; immoral – one knows what it is and doesn’t do it; and amoral – one never considers morality at all.
    Corporations are ALL amoral – they only consider dollars before decision and action. They absolutely lack any capability to consider or act morally unless and until human, social and spiritual values can override dollars before decision and/or action.
    Democratic government on the other hand is elected by the majority of voters to represent their human, social and/or spiritual values; and consequently democratic national government has the capability to BE moral – it can be corrupted by money but it does still have the capability to be moral. Most importantly national democratic government also has the ability to force corporations (read the top 10% of wealthy elites who own 80%) to BE MORAL.. For this reason corporations and their minions all HATE democratic government and as Grover Norquist is wont to say – democratic government needs to be reduced in size until it can be drowned in a bath tub. It sounds funny but he wasn’t kidding he was totally serious.
    Corporations and their political minions – in Canada this is the Conservative Party – being amoral in nature and promoting amorality generally are unrestricted by the morality that justifies democratic institutions and practices. Not only are they opposed to democratic government they feel completely justified in subverting democracy as much as possible.

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