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The Harper government’s explanation


 

More on QP in a moment, but here—from Dean Del Mastro, in response to a question from the NDP’s Charlie Angus—is the closest the government side came to trying to explain all of the reports you’ve been reading of phone calls about polling stations.

I would say to this member that during the recent election Elections Canada has now confirmed that at least 127 late polling station changes were made affecting as many as 1,000 polls. We contacted our supporters to make them aware of those polling station changes so that they could cast their votes.


 

The Harper government’s explanation

  1. I was expecting the furor to blow over within a month, but at the current rate of implosion, this is shaping up to be a scandal that won’t make it to Friday.

    • You may be mistaken in that.

      The Elections Canada data says nothing about dates of change, so trying to link them all to “late polling changes” seems errant. As an example, my poll, which is one of those 127, was changed almost a month prior due to accessibilty issues with the school.

      Also, 17 of the socalled “robocall” ridings had no poll changes at all. I suspect there is much more to this. Time will tell, as will the RCMP and or Elections Canada.

      • The momentum’s gone, and the more calls are suddenly “remembered,” the fact-to-partisan-wishful-thinking ratio goes way down. As a scandal, this one gets completely forgotten by normal, non-political people within weeks now.

  2. Kady O’Malley has already cross referenced the polling stations that moved with the accusations of voter suppression on her blog, still waiting to find out how many moved the last day, and then at 2:55 today on the CBC ticker said:

    “kady: Okay, so according to my data crunching, out of 21 ridings allegedly targeted by fake EC calls, just 4 had poll stns changes. #hw [via Twitter]”

  3. This ‘explanation’ was dead before it started.

  4. Devil’s Dictionary ~ Sophistry:

    The controversial method of an opponent, distinguished from one’s own by superior insincerity and fooling. This method is that of the later Sophists, a Grecian sect of philosophers who began by teaching wisdom, prudence, science, art and, in brief, whatever men ought to know, but lost themselves in a maze of quibbles and a fog of words.

  5. at least the explanation contains the word polling station, so at a basic language level is somewhat connected to the actual question, although not in a way humans would take to be reasonable. 

  6. Two words: snow job

  7. Presuming (I know, it’s a leap) what he says is true, is not the impersonation of an Elections Canada official (I think that’s been alleged in some reports of these calls) an offense?

    Also, I interpret this statement as a denial that the Cons were calling non-supporters, which doesn’t explain the reports I’ve been hearing.

    • Yes it is, under the Canada Elections Act, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or fine of $5,000.

  8. Just another thing that causes me to question the prevailing narrative that Mr. Harper
    is sound of judgement and more wise and wily than mere mortals can comprehend.

    He actually appointed Deano D. as his parliamentary secretary when, in fact, he could have
    easily elbowed him to somewhere back in the shadows … behind Cheryl Gallant and Rob
    Anders and .., oh,there’s so many ..

    But, no .. he lets him stand and blather in all his glory.. and the rest of us are supposed to
    respect his judgement on how our country should be operated. Amazing.

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