We can’t keep letting Pierre Poutine get the credit for masterminding a national vote suppression conspiracy. Poutine is a side dish, not a main course. There’s no evidence that Poutine’s idea was the first, or the best, in an apparent illegal effort last year to benefit the Conservatives electoral chances at a majority government. As Terry Milewski pointed out on The House last weekend, the idea of widespread voter suppression schemes appears to have spread like “a virus” through different campaigns. Some ridings were robocalled, and others live-called. Some of the calls pretended to be Liberals, Elections Canada, and others admitted their Conservative origin. How are those local riding campaigns connected so that an idea-virus could spread amongst more than 90 of the 308? What people are the common links between the impacted ridings with obvious electoral fraud efforts (for which we have recorded audio evidence, affidavits, and newspaper/TV interviews)? It was reported as widespread robocalls, by CTV and CBC on election day last year.
It could be as Milewski speculated, that each campaign shared information with others directly. Or there could have been a national campaign strategy, which the Conservative national campaign team denies. They didn’t yet deny that there wasn’t another national campaign team, one targeting specific ridings, but if they did confirm this, they’d certainly deny knowing about anything unseemly happening. Has the media or Elections Canada questioned these other national campaigners, through which an idea-virus may have been spread?
There seems to be further rumbling [from Conservatives] that any calls that went out from ridings were the work of riding workers and there was no central effort.
So why then, do you need this [TSMU]?
On a somewhat related topic:
Why didn’t Elections Canada notice or care that an Ohio company, Front Porch Strategies, was being billed for elections work? Canada’s Elections Act may need updating for the 21st Century, where it’s darn hard to avoid electronic involvement of the United States in our elections, but it could certainly have something still to say about Americans phone canvassing, and door knocking for Conservative MPs.
ADDED: What about a Spaniard doing an hour of work for an Edmonton CPC campaign, according to RackNine?