The annoying Canadian Economic Action Plan acronym CEAP appears in the latest Conservative phone calling scandal because a company Dean Del Mastro hired, got CEAP money to develop GeoVote. It’s unclear to me at this moment exactly how the economy would be stimulated by a program that identifies voters geographically so a political party that worked with Holinshed could gather support more easily. Is this program Open Source Software that any Canadian can now benefit from in theory? I tried to find GeoVote the other day, and couldn’t find where to download it, so I suspect it’s not OSS.
I don’t know if there’s any evidence Holinshed did, or would work with a party other than one friendly to the federal Conservatives (ie. Harper). What I’ve seen about other voter-identifying companies who work with the CPC, the CPC requires an exclusivity contract. To me, that suggests that giving them money from the taxpayer to promote the Conservatives’ CEAP, for the purpose of identifying voters to make it easier for a political party (the Conservatives for one) to collect donations and support, was a misuse of taxpayer money designed to benefit the Conservatives and not our economy.