Avoiding any responsibility was no small feat for the Conservative party, given how strongly the evidence pointed to some sort of organized scheme, presumably involving the authorization — or at least the tacit co-operation — of high-level officials within the party.
Indeed, in a 100-page ruling, Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley found that there was an organized campaign of voter suppression, and that the information used to make misleading phone calls to non-Conservative voters likely came from the Conservative party’s internal database, known as CIMS.
“Why can’t investigators learn who downloaded the phone list of non-Conservative voters in Guelph (and elsewhere) from CIMS? Well, we’ve been told that information was mysteriously destroyed by the Conservatives. Seems clean and ethical, eh? Maybe Fair and Balanced also?” – I wrote years ago.
It’s striking that the Conservatives don’t seem the slightest bit concerned that the party’s top-secret internal database was apparently used as part of an organized campaign of voter suppression.
If my political party’s database had been used to (orchestrate) systemic fraud across the country, I’d want the party to be out in front and guarantee that they would root out the elements that were responsible and put safeguards so it doesn’t happen again.
Considering the complete lack of concern from the Conservatives, I infer that all is (as) it should have been.
Rather, as they gear up for the next election, the Harper crowd is focused on ensuring that not a single vote by an undocumented homeless person, student or senior will be allowed to contaminate our democracy.
“If the Commissioner of Canada Elections is prepared to ignore the findings of two judges, I think that will speak very poorly of the powers of investigations we have in this country to explore electoral fraud.”
Côté has not yet responded to May’s complaint.
It’s absolutely unacceptable that Elections Canada failed to contact the leader of a national political party after they made a formal complaint in 2011 alleging election fraud took place on a wide scale.
Because the Guelph Liberal campaign was fined for not self-identifying in a robocall about their opponent’s position on abortion, the Conservatives ran a “clean and ethical campaign”. The crime of another party washes them clean. It’s very Jesus-like, somehow. Have them explain it to you, it’s beyond me.
“The Conservative Party ran a clean and ethical campaign. We spend our campaigns identifying supporters and getting them out to vote,” Cory Hann wrote in an email.
This, in response to knowing that the Conservatives’ communications worker on the Guelph campaign has been found guilty of criminal election fraud. It’s really a miracle that a campaign team that ran away to Kuwait, got immunity from prosecution, and was found guilty of robocalling electors with the intention of misdirecting them, is “clean and ethical”. Imagine how saintly they’d have been had the Conservatives not had any of those ‘aberrations’ happen to them.