I’ve written about both. The first is legal, the second isn’t.
But that in fact was their objective and they achieved it. Extensive focus group and polling research had told the Tories that while many Grits despised Harper, they also had serious misgivings about Dion’s “image” as a leader and his ability to communicate.
On the Sun’s website, the response from Conservatives was much the same, with some actually suggesting voter suppression does not happen or, if it does, it is the product of a conspiracy between leftists and the leftist media.
Pearson is the well-regarded former Liberal MP for London West. Pearson had friends on all sides of the House of Commons. But he lost, narrowly, to a Conservative candidate — because of, in part, a well-orchestrated voter suppression campaign.
As Chip Martin detailed in the London Free Press, innumerable Liberal supporters in the hotly contested London ridings reported receiving late-night calls of harassment — spreading false information, for example, about polling stations being moved.
The coordinated campaign that Stephen Maher has uncovered – after a full year of dogged investigative work – falls into the latter category. If we still have the Rule of Law in this country, someone will end up getting convicted for what has been done. It’s the kind of thing I saw when I was an election observer in Bosnia in 1996: it’s no less than election fraud.
My friends Norman Spector and Darrell Bricker and I have been having a discussion on Twitter, this morning, as to whether the illegal vote-suppression campaign was (as Jenni Byrne et al. would have us believe) the work a few rogue elements, or whether it was a coordinated sub-campaign (as I and others believe it can only be). Norman and Darrell aren’t sure it’s the latter. For me and many others, it stretches credulity that a GOP-style campaign this sophisticated – across time zones, using central campaign lists, and at a great monetary cost – could have been put together by a few Conservative pups. It’s impossible, actually.
Will anyone ever get to the bottom of it? I hope so. Mr. Maher (and Elections Canada), we’re all counting on you to answer the many questions that are seeping out of this fetid mess.
The CPC isn’t even original: their muse, as always.