Add Saanich-Gulf Islands to the list

by Aaron Wherry

The Green Party reports that Saanich-Gulf Islands was also the scene of suspicious calls. Elizabeth May tells me that her campaign office received about a dozen calls on election day from voters who said they had received calls about their polling stations. She’s not sure whether the calls were automated or whether the information was relayed by actual human beings. But she is fairly resolute on the magnitude of the issue at hand.

It’s really distressing. And I think it’s a larger scandal than the sponsorship scandal, just to put it in some kind of context for people, because the sponsorship scandal was penny ante fraud, taking money for things that should have gone to a different purpose. Pretty routine, sadly. It’s scandalous, it required the Gomery inquiry, Paul Martin did the right thing, but this is bigger because this is a deliberate attempt to defraud citizens of their right to vote. I’m with Pat Martin on this. This is very serious stuff.

Here is a copy of the letter that Ms. May sent to Elections Canada on May 19 of last year.




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Add Saanich-Gulf Islands to the list

  1. because the sponsorship scandal was penny ante fraud, taking money
    for things that should have gone to a different purpose. Pretty routine,
    sadly.

    Wow. Words fail.

    Can’t we please have just ONE byelection as a result of this mess?

    • A good solution, and I can’t see why the Conservatives would, should oppose. I mean really, if they are so confident in their “mandate” that a “majority” of Canadians gave them, then they should expect to win again.

    • To be fair, under $3 of adscam was actually shown to be fraud.  Now that’s terrible it shouldn’t have happened and I can’t criticize anyone for not voting liberal because of it, or even being fooled, at the time, into thinking Harper would be more honest.  But the program itself was jsut badly spent $ with improper oversight – like Clement’s G20 boondoggle. 

      To put in perspective, the office of religious freedoms will cost more than was illegally transferred in adscam. 

      •  No. You need to read what the Quebec wing admitted to. This is a useful summary. See the entries for Beliveau, Corbeil, Cote, Dezainde and what they admit is true.

        Then ask yourself exactly why 8 years later, Elections Canada has never laid a single charge for what happened.

        • I assume all that terrible stuff was part of the $3 M, although I was ballparking the figure.  The $40M or even $100M or $200M  that sometimes gets spread around is, of course, partisan bunk. 

  2. What is Elections Canada’s reason for taking so long to look into all these complaints and letters they received last May? 

    •  That, like many other “arms-length” government agencies, they’ve been pwned by the Cons?

    • It’s taken them 8 years to look into the Liberal’s illegal distribution of paper bags of Adscam cash across Quebec ridings in the 1997 & 2000 elections, and brought to light in 2004 by the admission of Michel Beliveau, and as far as I know they haven’t done anything here.

      Why would you expect them to address this so quickly? Obviously it takes many years to build a case like this even with the guilty freely admitting their guilt.

  3. Depressing prediction:

    1. Nothing will come of any of this. If there was wrongdoing (and I’m assuming there was), it will go effectively unpunished.

    2. This practice will extend to all parties in hotly contested ridings in the next election.

    Yay democracy!

  4. I didn’t think that Greens had phones.

    • Of course you didn’t. Thinking requires using your brain.

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