– @TheGorryDetails: I agree with Stephen [Taylor], where is the hard evidence? audio tapes, billing info?
– kady o’malley @kady: Requires production orders.
I hope you can use this post as a reference in the future, for source documents (and more) listed in the title.
- Audio of Poutine’s recording used in Guelph.
- Production order for Racknine to give details of Poutine’s phone contact with them.
- Payments to Racknine from Conservative Fund of Canada and Harper’s campaign.
- CIMS old user guide
- Tracey Kent @TraceyKent:
@4got @tondamacc and a CIMS user cannot make changes, run queries on any other ridings but their own. Access approval is hierarchical
(Saskboy notes: This calls into question, if it’s only Guelph staff, how’d they get permission to get non-supporter voter phone numbers from other ridings?)
- EC documents from third parties in S-GI where Lunn won in 2008 from robocalls claiming to be from NDP.
- Harassing phone calls by Conservative at RMG
- [Audio] Guelph robocall the Liberals sent out, while failing to identify their party as the source of this abortion issue call.
- Visa numbers of Poutine/Prescott
- Guelph CPC employee Andrew Prescott warns his Twitter followers of robocalls from Liberals pretending to be from Conservatives’ number, on April 30, 2011. The tweets are probably explained by the recording of a woman using an alias, talking about the Conservative candidate’s feeling regarding abortion.” It’s not clear what Prescott’s comment about Halton getting a suspected Liberal robocall means, yet. Halton is a different riding, so the message would have had to be different to be applicable. We also don’t know who the Liberals called, or how they determined their phone list. Was it identified CPC phone numbers, or broadcast to every elector.
- Recording of phony Liberal live-call voice mail in London West, misdirecting voter. [Search on AM980 site: High Profile Local Liberal Expects Apology From Harper, Tories
24 Feb 2012 … A former President of the Liberal Party and a candidate in London West … The robocalls falsely advised voters that Elections Canada had …
http://www.am980.ca/channels/news/local/story.aspx?ID=1660185 (link broken August 2012)]
Clip of recording on CBC News report.
January 14, 2013 – Ottawa Citizen posts this call recorded by Donna O’Reilly. MacLeans has the audio for download.
- Conservatives admitted in December 2011 to a local Ontario paper that Conservative phone number responsible for some phonecalls that mislead voters.
- Affidavit from Annette D. against script of RMG.
- Hawn’s campaign paid for RackNine and RMG. RMG was billing for script call creation.
Sixth Estate’s Theory of how it all fits together. Read a Conservative Sandy Crux explain how they were called, and not realize why they were called, because they didn’t read Sixth Estate.
To extend Sixth Estate’s theory, Harper was in the same room as Sona during parts of the campaign and Sona looked to the PM for direction. Sona was later pinned, by the CPC, as a person of interest in the calls. The CPC claim there was no official campaign staff involvement in Poutine’s scheme. What about the unofficial campaign staff? Did the CPC TSMU, who is headed by call centre experts, have anything to do with Poutine? Did RMG?
Sona resigned from his job with Toronto-area Conservative MP Eve Adams hours after Sun Media alleged he was linked to the scandal. In a statement issued a few days later, Sona wrote he quit because it was “impossible” to do his job “with the media continually repeating these rumours.”
In that same statement, Sona wrote he “had no involvement in the fraudulent phone calls, which also targeted our supporters” and said he had remained silent on the issue to that point “with the hope that the real guilty party would be apprehended.”
There is no publicly available evidence connecting Sona to the calls.
I’m sure Pat Martin is waiting anxiously to find out who Poutine and their chums were. He’s got $5M riding on it. I find it strange that the lawsuit showed up early in public at Stephen Taylor’s Blogging Tory blog. Was it anywhere else first? Why would a “non-partisan” company send their lawyer’s letter to the Conservatives’ master blogger for publicity? The NDP and Martin almost certainly didn’t do that.
Jack FM has Pierre Putin recorded. It’s funny.
UPDATE: March 9, 2012 – Pierre Poutine is known as Pierre Jones to Matt Meier of RackNine. Jones used a Rogers IP address that traces back to Guelph. Jones claimed to be going to the UofOttawa.
UPDATE: April 7, 2012 – Brian-Michel LaRue has accused Andrew Prescott as being Pierre Poutine.
ADDED: The information for the production order (which contains many names, including Prescott’s)
UPDATE: November 19, 2012 – Elections Canada emails from prior to May 2, 2011 show they were aware of illegal phone calls redirecting voters up to an hour and a half away from the correct poll. They contacted Conservative Lawyer Arthur Hamilton. They called the phone calls a “scam”. They tried to warn voters through the media of the illegal calls.
Some voters had recorded a phone number so they could try to trace the call.
“When these numbers are called, the voice message is recorded by the same person even though the numbers are different,” Anita Hawdur, the election official in charge of the voting process wrote in an email to one of Election Canada’s lawyers.
In another email, Hawdur said the polling stations “given out by the Conservative Party … are all wrong. Most of them are quite far away from the elector’s home and from the initial polling place that showed on their [voter identification card].”
In another email, McNeil told Hawdur that she’d tried two of the numbers.
One “sounds legitimately like the Conservative Party of Canada. The other message is more generic; it could be anyone’s voicemail message… It’s also not in English and French.”
UPDATE December 1, 2012 – Council of Canadians letters to Elections Canada to convince them to present evidence they’ve gathered in their investigation across Canada.
UPDATE Dec. 7, 2012 – Interesting details about RMG making phonecalls in 2010 for the Conservatives or “on behalf of the Prime Minister”.
UPDATE March 28, 2013 – Michael Sona is charged, which is a start, but if he’s partially behind RoboCon, he can’t be the only one since he lacked access to CIMS.
UPDATE May 24, 2013 – Federal Court has returned a ruling that finds CIMS was used for widespread election fraud, but evidence was not presented which identified individual Conservatives, or the Conservative Party (I disagree with that second point) were involved.