Despite audio evidence of widespread illegal robocalls, the Commissioner of Elections Canada has announced “no offenses committed”!
Canadians have had a heaping helping of obvious crime going unpunished, where Conservatives are the apparent benefactors.
I sadly predicted this ludicrous situation with a satirical piece I wrote last year that many people mistook for reality.
Among the bewildering improbable findings by the Commish are this:
“It is useful to note, moreover, that the data gathered in the investigation does not lend support to the existence of a conspiracy or conspiracies to interfere with the voting process (see, for example, sections 1.3 and 4.3).”
A Federal Court Judge ruled the opposite! He found fraud was likely in multiple ridings, which as we know from the highly “secure” CIMS database, requires CPC HQ authorization to be available in multiple ridings. Local staff do not have access to riding information elsewhere in the country, so there would have to be a conspiracy for identical fraud to be happening in more than one riding, as the Federal Court ruled.
Also this from Andrew Coyne:
Someone, that is, committed massive electoral fraud, in a way that could only benefit the Conservative party and making use of proprietary party information. But they did it without the party’s knowledge or participation.
Or what else can one conclude from Thursday’s ruling by Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley
Apparently Elections Canada can conclude what they did after 2008’s malicious robocalls in the S-GI riding of B.C., and drop the whole thing because investigations are harrrrd.
“it is clear that the current elector discontent about political calling arose in large part from the decision made by a number of national and local campaigns to provide electors with information on their specific poll locations during get-out-the-vote (GOTV) calls.”
… despite ordering national campaigns not to do that.
A CPC RMG employee swore to the court that she’d made such phonecalls on behalf of the Conservative Party of Canada. To my knowledge, she has not faced perjury charges, even years later. Neither have the Conservatives been charged for these misleading calls that Elections Canada ordered the party not to conduct.
“The investigation was extensive, but certain factual elements could not be uncovered. In some cases, investigators were able to confirm that complainants received a political call but found no additional evidence of its content. In most cases, no evidence was found to confirm whether or not a complainant was called.”
How extensive could it have been? We’ve learned through Snowden that the NSA, a partner to the CSEC in Canada, records “metadata” of all phonecalls made. How could there be NO EVIDENCE to confirm a call was made to a complainant? Do phone companies and CSEC not actually have records???
Also, in part because the widespread fraud calls have no recordings available for Elections Canada to present to court, they’re not willing to use phone records [they can’t find?] and witness testimony as to the call contents, to press charges against those who made the illegal phonecalls! This is so bloody outrageous! The incompetence at Elections Canada and agencies supporting it during the investigation leaves big questions unanswered.
Charron and Cote are apparently professional, well-written idiots!
“Doug Rutherford @dougrutherford:
Yet robocall services allow you to select a displayed number when the calls are placed. The “calling” number has no bearing. That the EC’s office doesn’t know that makes me wonder if they are actually capable of conducting such an investigation.”
Their announcement today makes it obvious they were not capable, and now justice goes unserved, unless Canadians protest this breach of justice effectively.
ADDED: Take a look at Alison’s summary of today’s shameful report from EC.