It’s been more than 701 days since Elections Canada first became aware of a nation wide malicious robocalling scheme to misdirect non-Conservative voters away from legitimate polling stations for the May 2, 2011 election where Stephen Harper swept to power as a majority government.
I don’t think Michael Sona, who has been charged by Elections Canada, can be fully responsible for the robocalls made in Guelph on behalf of Conservative supporters, nor could he have had sole access to phone numbers used in other parts of the country. I’ve documented the technical reasons behind these beliefs, over the past 13 months.
“Sona is charged under a section of the Act that makes it illegal to “wilfully prevent or endeavour to prevent an elector from voting at an election.”” We won’t know until Sona is served with the papers charging him, but I’d be more satisfied if he were charged for his interference with a special poll that wasn’t set up to code.
Meanwhile, a perversely smug person who did have CIMS access to the phone numbers of Guelph, and a legitimate robocall account at RackNine, and happened to share a browser session with Pierre Poutine, and used the same anonymizing proxy service as Poutine did when making legitimate robocalls that did not show up on the initial campaign return… is going on vacation.
Sona’s lawyer, Norm Boxall, issued a statement late Tuesday afternoon.
“Although the charge is disappointing, it represents an opportunity for Mr. Sona to finally address the allegations in a court as opposed to in the media and resolve it permanently,” he said. “I cannot help but comment, that if the government was interested in the public being fully informed and the issue of robocalls being properly addressed, a Full Public Inquiry would be called, rather than a charge laid against a single individual who held a junior position on a single campaign and who clearly lacked the resources and access to the data required to make the robocalls. I am confident the public agrees.”
A statement by Conservative Party spokesman Fred DeLorey said the party is pleased the investigation “has progressed to this point.”
“The Conservative Party of Canada ran a clean and ethical campaign and does not tolerate such activity. The party was not involved with these calls and those that were will not play a role in any future campaign.”
Oh really? So, how did Sona gain access to CIMS, DeLorey? And who or what enabled him to remove logs from CIMS to cover his tracks? Lying sacks of dog poo…
Be sure to watch Sixth Estate, as he always has interesting insights and research into stories like this one.
Now for some unsubstantiated speculation, unlike the earlier information in this blog post…
Could Sona be charged now due to his recent outburst that accuses the Conservatives of directing Government of Canada correspondence with Canadians into their partisan CIMS database?
I think EC is charging someone that the CPC wants out of the way, and who they cannot prove was directly involved in robocalling Guelph, so they have the air of pursuing the criminals, while eventually expecting the court to find the only person they’ve charged “not guilty”. A year later, when Sona is found not guilty, EC will claim they tried, and the true master minds will be another year free of criminal charges, and Harper will have another year to ruin Canada as he sees fit.