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Tue, Apr. 10th, 2012 01:34 am

This is a recap of the election scandal so far, Canada Votes 2011, I have compiled several news articles into 1 place to keep track of this ongoing issue.

Find another batch of compiled info at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5tkPBysJQY

As my friends know, I strongly support democracy and electoral reform in Canada. So when I keep hearing of unethical manipulation of our elections I'm getting really upset.

If I was a conservative party supporter I would be outraged that my own party would engage unethical & illegal vote suppression. I would be annoyed that the opposition is bringing this up months after an election (at least its less time than it took the PCs to unravel the sponsorship scandal). The party leadership should be at the forefront of the issue, taking responsibility where its due and investigating all claims - instead we see the usual partisan lines and bickering among the politicians refusing to take a leadership role.Can you imagine if the Liberals had done this 10 yrs ago during Liberal govt, the conservatives would've jumped into the water in a feeding frenzy.

Lets keep an eye on the big picture here = this is not an isolated incident.

This is not a handful of bad apples, this is not a new thing, its now documented in many ridings across Canada. Its the action of a national policy put into action, with multiple tactics running at the same time, and perpetrated by the Conservative Party's behind-the-scenes power brokers so the MP's don't take the direct heat when RCMP come knocking. These are the same tactics that the USA Republican party engages in, they seem to be teaching the norther counterparts the same ideas.


1. The Huge Problem. The former chief electoral officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley says Elections Canada typically received between 500 and 1,000 calls but in this election the agency has received more than 31,000 contacts.
& This is affecting over 50 ridings as of Mar. 2, 2012. Its never been a secret that Elections Canada's investigative powers are few and limited, but despite the reported problems and investigations in previous elections previous years, there has never been any action taken to enforce the elections act - that needs to change now. The problem is only worse because Elections Canada has most of the time been slow to investigate or to enforce the rules.
Apr. 15, 2011 - http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Elections+Canada+probe+annoying+political+calls+told/6229034/story.html
Feb. 29 - http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Elections+Canada+falling+down+voting+fraud+watchdog+says/6226117/story.html
Feb. 29 - http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=abo&dir=atip/summary&document=sum12&lang=e#feb
Mar. 2 - http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20120302/robocalls-elections-canada-120302/
Mar. 17 - http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1148123--robocalls-call-for-huge-investigation-says-steven-harper-s-ex-chief-of-staff-ian-brodie
Mar. 27 - http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/27/activist-group-files-legal-challenge-to-overturn-election-results-in-robocall-ridings/?__lsa=b677105c
Apr. 3 - http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/elizabeth-may/robocalls-scandal_b_1368293.html

2. Robocalls, shit hit the fan in Guelph, Feb 2012. Then came the reports of thousands (7000 by 'Pierre Poutine') of automated phone calls that went out to citizens in dozen of ridings, now with a current tally of over 50 ridings. They targeted the areas that were close battles for Conservative and Liberal candidates.
These allegations of voter suppression and impersonating Elections Canada are being investigated by Elections Canada & RCMP, there was a minimal report by Elections Canada on the status of the investigation but most of the information is coming from news investigative journalists.
Feb. 28 - http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=7809b8ab-673f-41e8-8fe4-4a39024921d9
Feb. 28 - http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/28/robocall-ridings/
Feb. 28 - http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/28/documents-link-burner-cellphone-tory-candidate-with-robocall-company-racknine/
Mar. 2 - http://www.globalnews.ca/pages/topicNew.aspx?id=6442589761
Mar. 9 - http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/09/tory-campaign-worker-in-guelph-tweeted-robocall-warning-two-days-before-election/
Mar. 21 - http://yukon-news.com/news/27818/
Mar. 23 - http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/23/pierre-poutine-recorded-robocall-on-that-appeared-to-be-from-liberal-elections-canada/
Mar. 23 - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/pierre-poutine-taped-election-day-call-impersonating-liberal/article2379712/
Mar. 29 - http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=med&document=mar2912&dir=spe&lang=e
Mar. 29 - http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/29/pierre-poutine-made-6700-robocalls-in-guelph-on-election-day-using-450-number/
Apr. 2 - http://www.hilltimes.com/news/news/2012/04/02/elections-act-%E2%80%98should-be-improved%E2%80%99-chief-electoral-officer-mayrand-tells-house/30281

3. Call Centres. Real people hired to do a similar job as the robocalls (RackNine and 2call.ca), these people were suppressing voters through aggressive and harassing calling. We know about the call centre owned by Responsive Marketing Group in Thunder Bay because the employees came forward multiple times to say they were hired to suppress votes. Both NationalPost and CBC have identified that the Conservative Party did also hire several call centres in USA which gives evidence contrary to a Steven Harper statement they didn’t hire any USA company.
Feb. 27 - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/02/27/f-robocalls-players.html
Feb. 29 - http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/02/29/pol-robocalls-poor-losers.html
Mar. 2 - http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/02/tories-review-tapes-at-thunder-bay-call-centre-as-questions-grow-over-companys-checkered-legal-history/
Mar. 2 - http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Elections+Canada+widens+probe/6239317/story.html
Mar. 3 - http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/03/dean-del-mastro-other-tories-hired-u-s-telemarketer-during-election-contrary-to-stephen-harpers-claims/
Mar. 4 - http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Tory+denies+voter+suppression+tactics/6248425/story.html
Mar. 6 - http://www.globalnews.ca/opposition+puts+tory-friendly+company+under+the+microscope+in+robocall+controversy/6442595240/story.html

4. Ballot box stuffing. There was an unusual number of late unregistered voters in the Eglinton-Lawrence riding who got on the voters' list without giving a valid address, although the law requires unregistered voters to provide both a present and former address when filling out a late registration form at a polling station. There were at least 2,700 late registrations, but Elections Canada has not disclosed how many of those were invalid. A stack of late registration forms shows many provided no address; others have bogus addresses like a UPS store or Scotiabank branch.
Mar. 8 - http://www.globalnews.ca/allegations+of+voter+fraud+in+torontos+eglinton-lawrence+riding/6442596870/story.html
Mar. 8 - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2012/03/08/pol-milewski-eglinton-lawrence.html
Mar. 8 - http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/08/voting-irregularities-marred-toronto-area-vote-in-federal-election-report/

5. Conservatives deny expanding the investigative powers of Elections Canada. Actually trying to block an in-depth investigation into this scandal, talk about ‘shooting yourself in the foot’, what political school did these guys come from? (see point#6 below to find out which school)
Mar. 6 - http://www.citytv.com/toronto/citynews/news/national/article/191809
Mar. 7 - http://www.globalnews.ca/harper+refuses+to+explain+why+tory+mps+rejected+elections+canada+finance+request/6442595667/story.html
Mar. 7 - http://www.globalnews.ca/conservatives+relent+back+new+audit+powers+for+elections+canada/6442596541/story.html

6. Linking Dirty Politics to the Conservative Party. We are used to the nasty politicking coming out of the USA but Canadians have prided themselves on not going down to that level, until now. The Conservative Party has demonstrated a willingness and ability to engage in the unethical manipulation of voters. Evidence of Conservative Party candidates going to the Manning Centre school of Campaign Research to learn the tactics of voter suppression.
Nov. 30, 2011 - http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/11/30/conservatives-admit-theyre-behind-false-byelection-calls-for-liberal-mps-riding/
Apr. 15, 2011 - http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Elections+Canada+probe+annoying+political+calls+told/6229034/story.html
Feb. 28 - http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Robocalls+pattern+Conservative+dirty+tricks/6220420/story.html
Feb. 29 - http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Robocalls+shock+system+Canadian+democracy+American+expert/6230847/story.html
Mar. 5 - http://lkm.liberal.ca/2012/03/letter-editor-conservatives-voter-suppression-school.html
Mar. 6 - http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Conservatives+drop+appeal+over+scandal/6261332/story.html
Mar. 7 - http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/03/07/robocalls-scandal-andrew-coyne/
Mar. 7 - http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/2012/03/07/robo-call-scandal-origins-inside-conservatives%E2%80%99-voter-suppression-school
Mar. 8 - http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Firms+linked+voter+confusion+taking+aggressive+stance+against+press/6274317/story.html
Mar. 7 - http://www.vancouverobserver.com/politics/2012/03/07/robo-call-scandal-origins-inside-conservatives%E2%80%99-voter-suppression-school
Mar. 14 - http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/03/14/toronto-voting-irregularities-scarborough.html?cmp=rss
Apr. 4 - http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/harper-undoing-canada-146059945.html
Apr. 6 - http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Charity+funded+government+links+Tory+call+centre/6399771/story.html

7. Scapegoats & Blame.
Mar. 14 - http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/young-tory-staffer-becomes-latest-cause-celebre-for-opposition-in-robocall-spat-142688755.html
Mar. 16 - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/robo-calls-warrant-huge-investigation-former-harper-aide-says/article2372338/singlepage/#articlecontent
Mar. 12 - http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/12/pierre-poutine-remains-in-hiding-as-rae-demands-robocall-royal-commission/
Apr. 9 - http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/style+wedge+politics+Canada+experts/6429420/story.html

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Wed, Dec. 21st, 2011 04:52 pm
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Current Music: Foster the People


Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2011 07:48 am

Current Mood: working working


Sat, Jun. 20th, 2009 08:37 pm

Today is June 20,
4 years ago yesterday I got married. and what do i have to show for it, eh ? A WHOLE LOTTA WONDERFUL !!!! ♥♥
Emerson is sooo cute
Devin is just as adorable as everbaby boy
Natasha is my beautiful wife
a house of our own and a good life :-)

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Current Location: home
Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: Mr.Bean's Holiday


Fri, Dec. 12th, 2008 09:00 pm

As many of you know I strongly support change to Canada's election system.

I am part of a non-partisan (that means not associated with any political party) group called Fair Vote Canada. They are currently trying to run a public awareness campaign to get changes in provincial and federal elections.

We request that citizens contact their provincial and\or federal representative, and to speak out in their community and with their friends to demand a national citizens’ assembly on electoral reform.

If you want to know more I would recommend checking out the website: www.fairvote.ca
or some of their recent publications below:







Wed, Oct. 29th, 2008 07:25 am

33.5 miles per gallon

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Tue, Oct. 7th, 2008 08:53 pm

1st be aware of how by voting strategically you can prevent another disastrous govt by Harper's Conservatives:

2nd be aware of how crappy a electoral system we have that has to encourage you to vote for someone you dont like in order to get the even worse guy out of the prime seat:

Current Mood: discontent discontent


Sun, Aug. 10th, 2008 11:35 pm

On Wednesday Aug.6 evening last week my dad had a small heart attack,
I was shocked, he had given me a car ride to work that morning, and was taking care of Devin each day last week
So on Thursday I stayed home from work to take care of Devin and visit dad in the Victoria hospital, he was still in the emergency hallway, but they moved him up to a room while i was there. He was acting like he was better and just waiting for the tests to finish and go home, but it was evident he was very stressed and worried. He was not weak or in pain at all, it seems that even though a minor heart attack is potential deadly when not treated immediately, but a healthy person can recover quickly as in hours.
Immediate treatment is a nitroglycerin spray that opens the arteries for more blood flow, and drugs for blood thinner, and EKG for monitoring rythyms and stuff
On Friday i went to work, with Devin with grandma, and after work I went to their new house they just moved in this week. And before we came home we went to Best Buy to pickup our much awaited new laptop. And my dad had his angiogram and angioplasty done, they inflated a balloon in one of his arteries that was 99% blocked.
I went to the hospital again on Saturday and found him in good spirits, and had the monitors and IV removed shortly before i got there. So he was ready to go home, and he was worried about the long term implications and risk of reoccurance.
Today is Sunday and dad called to say he was home, and feeling good about being home. He is going to a re-fit excercise program for lots of cardio excercise - its a 8-16 week program, and he cannot drive for several weeks, and he will probably be on some type of medication for the rest of his life.

All in all, stressful, surprising, worries, etc
I am feeling much better now, so is my dad, and now have to find out what the future will hold


Sun, Jun. 29th, 2008 11:12 pm

always knew that Winnipeg fireworks were not the greatest
now i know that they sux big time !

for i have seen the awesomeness of Lac Du Bonnet Canada Day Fireworks

i found out that the small Manitoba town has the best fireworks this side of Toronto - and it totally deserves that reputation!

Devin loves fireworks, its worth it to keep him up past his bedtime


Sun, Jun. 29th, 2008 04:51 pm
Happy Birthday mogstomp