What are you kidding? RoboCon isn’t fading. This scandal started before May 2, 2011 with harassing phone calls to Liberals in Volpe’s riding (see CBC story if curious), and caught Elections Canada (EC) off guard on election day so they ordered warnings sent out in the media of fake phone calls purporting to be from them. Then Elizabeth May and others complained to EC, which triggered an investigation that led to RackNine in Alberta. The trail led to Pierre Poutine of Separatist St., Quebec. Then the Ottawa Citizen/National Post dug up the story and made it front page news Feb. 22nd, 2012 where it’s gripped political discussion in Canada since then. A scandal of this magnitude, still hot weeks later will not fade for long even if the main stream media gets distracted before the investigations run their course in multiple ridings across the country.
As I’ve mentioned before, the level of interest in content on my website regarding RoboCalls/RoboCon is akin to election-level interest in politics. There are a lot of people googling for details, and coming through Liblogs and Progblogs and elsewhere. There are hundreds, or thousands of people interested in crowdsourcing to uncover the mystery behind Poutine and the Robocalls. Who ordered them? Who knew, and when did they know? These answers will lead to prison sentences for those guilty. This kind of scandal doesn’t fade, even if it naps a little. The level of scandal eats Prime Ministers for dinner.
It doesn’t take loose-lipped Conservative MPs to confirm what I’d already deduced about the Conservative campaign’s voter information system, and obtained from my sources. The evidence is welcome to keep coming though, as are the non-denials and non-refutations from the Conservatives’ friends in the media.
“They’ve got all these 308 ridings across the country, but they do the match up for us. We don’t do it ourselves, in terms of the addition [of phone numbers]. I don’t know how it works for others, the new dump of stuff as it kind of progresses through the campaign and then trying to marry those numbers, that’s all done by our national office, at least within the Conservative Party.”
Liberals told The Hill Times on Tuesday their party does not maintain central control over campaign voting lists and voter identification numbers, and a senior NDP official, Brad Lavigne, recently told CBC’s The House that NDP electoral districts maintain their own voter lists.
Mr. Vellacott said he believes the Conservative Party manages the lists and matches voter identification telephone numbers centrally because it has the capacity and the expertise that the job requires.
(Emphasis added, to show the Liberals or NDP would have had extreme technical and secrecy difficulty pulling off the RoboCon fraud.)
The theories for how to solve RoboCon are welcome to keep coming too. I think the correct theory (for solving) has already been identified, but there are no doubt surprising names and facts yet to be revealed publicly.
And remember, if the Conservatives’ national voter information database (CIMS) were to fall into the wrong hands, it would be a disaster. Someone could steal an election using that information in a nefarious way! Oh, wait a minute.