** I wrote the first part of this blog post a couple days ago, and the story is very significantly updated, so I felt it should get the full attention of readers so they have better context for what the Prescott tweets from the other day probably meant. **
There was speculation swirling in the media about why the Blogging Tory known as Christian (Canadian) 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 regarding the illegal robocalls, but shows he certainly had his finger on the pulse of #robocalls before most Canadians were aware of the fake-EC illegal ones that misdirected voters, 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 he mentioned, were connected to the ones the Liberal campaign in Guelph has admitted to. Obviously, someone in Guelph is still (co)responsible for the clearly illegal fake Elections Canada, misdirecting robocalls. Those calls are not related to the Liberals’ 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 since EC seems overwhelmed that it wouldn’t pursue an investigation into a call where the caller is anonymous/with-alias, but it’s just another dirty attack ad [link has audio inside].
The NP headline for this article is wrong: “John Ivison: Guelph robocall also attacked Tories, listen to it here”. The word “also” implies that it’s the same robocall as the Poutine message. Did the Liberals send this “Anti-CPC” robocall to identified Conservatives only? The famous illegal robocall, is distinctly different, and clearly illegal in two ways; fraud and misdirection. The Liberal robocall missed identifying itself as a Liberal call, which was an “oversight” and the Liberals asked for forgiveness from Elections Canada, who apparently granted it.
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 from last April don’t look quite so damning now. So the search for Poutine/Jones should continue with my suggestion already, if they haven’t yet. They’ll serve Poutine up on a platter very soon if they do use it.