11.19.2012 08:09 AM

Elections Canada to probe robocalls

Story here.

The mandate of the probe is unclear, but those currently engaged in robocalling in Ontario (OLP candidates Wynne, Murray) will doubtlessly take note.

9 Comments


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    Patrick says:

    Seriously. The chasm between systematic electoral fraud willfully directing voters to the wrong location and a voice blast advising memebrs of a candidacy is so stark it scarcely warrants a comment.

    Not even sure what Warren equates them.

    Automated voice calls are both a legitimate campaign tactic, and legal. Fraud is not.


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      Chris says:

      I agree – I’ve received two calls and I really don’t have a problem with that – it’s no different than the multitude of fundraising and voter outreach calls we get during an election period.


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    !o! says:

    ” but those currently engaged in robocalling in Ontario (OLP candidates Wynne, Murray) will doubtlessly take note.”

    love the polite fencing. 😀 No blood, the rapier tips are not sharp, but the opponents left an opening that one could draw blood as a result of, were the competition not among friends.


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    Dude Love says:

    Survey = Probe?


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    bluegreenblogger says:

    Wow, this is going to be HUGE! I guess that Elections Canada has heard an awful lot of people like myself saying they are not competetent investigators, and should turn over investigations of serious breaches to the RCMP. Certainly EC`s credibility has suffered more than just a tad. This may actually repair their reputation somewhat And b.t.w. just because the made-up word `Robocalls`appears attached to this ourageous scandal, does not make robocalls unequivacably bad things. Electoral FRAUD=Bad, robocalls, is merely the means by which the (putative) electoral fraud was perpetrated.


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      Bill says:

      Hilarious, Conservative robocall equals fraud, lib robocall equal not a problem. Written like a true lib.
      Do you have proof of this fraud or any elected official being involved in robocalls….didn’t think so. Wishing something doesn’t make
      it true……….


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      !o! says:

      Not sure how huge it is— seems more like they’re discussing policy implications and ways to prevent it from happening in the future, rather than investigating what happened. Haven’t seen anything to suggest that they will have the power that a public inquiry would have, or any expansion of their ordinary investigative capacity, so it’s unlikely that this represents any new capabilities. Still interesting.


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        Bluegreenblogger says:

        Lol, well we shall see just how huge. EC holding hearings promises ongoing headlines, and there are plenty of smoking guns lying about. Then there is a court case challenging the validity of the electoral results in 6 (previously 7) ridings. More serial headlines. There is plenty of evidence there, whether enough to overturn elections remains to be seen, but the suit does have some merit. More significantly, the defence is now held up to ridicule. Who will believe that the Conservatives were spending huge dollars on election day making targetted calls to Liberals and Greens to help them get to the correct polling station? And those Elections Canada emails give them the lie in the court of public opinion. Sona blabs off that there was ‘a massive scheme’. Guess it was not such a great idea to look for the nearest bus to throw Sona under after all, was it? This is going to be in the news forever. What is going to happen do you think when the other shoe drops on Del Mastro? The evidence there is clear, in the public domain, and incontrovertable. Ditto for Penashue. Sorry but you just cannot get away with accepting corporate donations, and writing off expenses. It will all weave itself together over the coming year. The conclusion for the electorate will be that the Conservatives are serial election cheats. We shall see just how huge indeed.


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          !o! says:

          yeah– agreed, while I’d love the utter bottoms of this closet to get emptied out all over the media and public record, EVEN if it doesn’t, and even if certain people don’t end up in prison, there are many many headlines to come, and people will draw their own conclusions.

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