If senior people within the Conservative Party of Canada conspired to rig the May 2011 election – and, increasingly, it looks like they did – what are the consequences?
For Stephen Harper’s party, the penalties could be very, very significant. They range from fines and jail time, to deregistration of Harper’s party and liquidation of its assets.
A recap: as has been well-documented in the media, Conservatives used automated pre-recorded “robocalls” to contact voters in ridings across the country to provide them with false and misleading information about polling stations. Other voters were called late at night and, they say, harassed and intimidated.