Why do reasonable people consider that only supporters of Conservatives were responsible for the illegal robocalls? It’s because of evidence like this:
““Last week I was contacted by a voter who told me she received two calls during the election campaign. The first call was a live call asking her if she was going to vote Conservative. She replied she would not. Then, close to election day, she received a robocall telling her her polling station had changed,” Francis Scarpaleggia reported.
There were chuckles and chirps from the Conservative side, various government members apparently unimpressed with Mr. Scarpaleggia’s evidence.
“I would like to know how the Prime Minister would explain this strange coincidence?” the Liberal asked. “Also, how would he explain it given the fact that there were no Liberal robocalls in Lac-Saint-Louis during the election campaign?””
Couple that information with the fact that there is only one version of the “polling station has moved” call known to have gone around (indeed, CPC MPs and bloggers only refer to this one sort of robocall fraud), and it’s reasonable to conclude there was only one source for the calls, and it was not the Liberals. It’s preposterous that two parties or two opposing groups used simultaneous illegal robocalls, using the same strategy in them, and both called mostly the Liberals and NDP. Yet that’s what the Conservative Party is imploring you to accept.
“Mr. Speaker, the parliamentary secretary sure is a trooper,” Mr. Angus called. “He will read whatever lines the PMO gives him.”
Then a pop culture reference. “However, when it comes to robo-fraud, his attacks are about as effective as the black knight from the Monty Python sketch,” Mr. Angus mocked. “This would be funny if it were not so serious. We are talking about an investigation into electoral fraud in Nipissing—Timiskaming, Kingston, Guelph and Thunder Bay.”
Judy Foote next moved to identify an accuser by name. “Mr. Speaker, according to media reports, Peggy Walsh Craig of Nipissing received a phone call during the 2011 election campaign asking her if she intended to vote Conservative, to which she said no. She received a second call just prior to election day claiming to be from Elections Canada to tell her that her polling station had moved,” Ms. Foote recounted.
Across the way, Heritage Minister James Moore seemed to dismiss Ms. Foote’s evidence.
“The Conservative MP from Nipissing won only by 18 votes,” the Liberal continued. “Can the Prime Minister categorically tell Ms. Walsh Craig and other voters in her riding that no one associated with his party had anything to do with this?”
Late last night there was speculation swirling in the media about why the Blogging Tory known as Christian Conservative, Andrew Prescott, sent out warning messages about “Anti-CPC” calls, on April 30th, 2011. Most of the well known robocalls were on May 2nd, 2011. This doesn’t prove anything about Prescott, but shows he certainly had his finger on the pulse of #robocalls before most Canadians were aware of the illegal ones, and days before Elections Canada issued an alert to the media.
UPDATE March 10: I think we’ve explained Prescott’s tweets prior to May 2nd, so long as the calls in Halton were connected to the ones the Liberal campaign in Guelph admitted to. Obviously, someone in Guelph is still responsible for the clearly illegal fake Elections Canada, misdirecting robocalls which are not related to the Liberal robocalls regarding abortion which is an election issue presented in an unethical manner (anonymously). The Liberals claimed to have cleared the ads with Elections Canada, which is believable.
It’s interesting that the recording surfaced now, since Prescott lawyered-up, and refused to co-operate with the Elections Canada investigation on Thursday when he was going to meet with them. He must be breathing a sigh of relief since his tweets don’t look quite so damning now.