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Tories' robo-call fraud leads to cries of election stealing from NDP, Liberals

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The NDP's Pat Martin suggested that the Conservatives may have stolen the 2011 election. Photo from Pat Martin website.

With their narrow 10-seat majority in Parliament, the Conservative Party is facing its most significant scandal since the 2011 election, after Elections Canada began an investigation into thousands of illegal 'robo-calls' traced to a Conservative-tied firm in Alberta. You could call it 'Robo-Gate'.
 
The New Democratic Party (NDP) alleged in a press conference today that it might have won the 2011 election had "dirty tricks" not been used to prevent NDP, Liberal and Bloc Quebecois voters from exercising their democratic rights. At a press conference in Ottawa today, Winnipeg NDP Member of Parliament Pat Martin called it “the largest electoral fraud in Canadian history.”

 

(12) Comments

BoredOnTheCorner February 23rd 2012 | 12:12 PM

At the very least, the ridings affected should have immediate by-elections, at the Conservative party's expense.

If any definitive proof can be found that the Tories did this, they should be removed from office, the party disbanded, and the people responsible put in jail.

Diane February 23rd 2012 | 3:15 PM
Some scapegoat will be found. But it doesn't change what happened.
pAUL February 23rd 2012 | 4:16 PM

   it is time the whole government was dissolved and have another election in 30 days with the supervision of Elections canada in every riding and then we will see who wins what and by legal means.this government has an odour that is getting pretty ripe and we need to clean house or give up democracy .these louts are becoming dictators and need a slap in the head and a swift kick in the ass.The best tool is laughter and you can bring them down with laufgter because they are a bunch of Bubbas led by a Bozo.Ridicule is A POWERFUL TOOL AND NOTHING CAN STAND IT FOR LONG.bUBBA AND bOZO

George February 23rd 2012 | 6:18 PM

Any idiot with a cell phone and a hate on for Liberals can make crank calls. If this turns out ot be an angry CPC voter and not tied to the Party nothing will change.

cathmtl February 24th 2012 | 6:06 AM

“It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to know who benefits from misleading NDP and Liberal voters where to vote on election day."

leo February 24th 2012 | 7:07 AM

The cons are a dirty bunch. Guilty of fraud and other crimes against Democricy ? They are supposed to represent us, the people of canada. Not ! It's time for us to Rise Up. 

Jonathan February 24th 2012 | 10:10 AM

Sourcing Rabble.ca

Robert Wiseman February 25th 2012 | 10:10 AM
There must be a law against this. Let's see the 'law and order' Tories prosecute these folks to fullest. Also, can the losing candidates sue in civil court for this interference? If there is no law agains this and losing candidates can't sue, then let's see the 'law and order' Tories craft a law that we can actually all support!
TheLaughingMan February 26th 2012 | 9:09 AM

Stephen Harper, Rob Nicholson, John Baird, Jim Flaherty, Diane Finley and Vic Toews, along with the rest of the Conservatives are liars, cheats and thieves! Bill-C10 threatens to throw many in jail longer and needlessly! Bill C-11 would strip Canadians of even more rights to what we already own and censor our flow of information! Bill-30 will strip us of our privacy! Now lets not forget the G20 fiasco, Vic Toews immortal speech about Canadians being pedophiles, the planned pension cuts, or their election fraud, and now they can't even get our budget out on time, as if we don't know their motivations!

The fascist Conservatives would turn our country into an Orwellian nightmare! How can they even call themselves a legitimate government?! How dare they act like they have our best interests in mind! Who do they think they are telling us what we need and how to live our lives?!  They're the middle management and we're the ones who hired them! We should be telling them what we want and how we want it!

Canada needs to rise up march on Ottawa and occupy the parliament! We need to take back our country, remove the Conservatives from power! Our government, as a whole needs to be dismantled and rebuilt (that goes for those other parties as well. I'm looking at you Liberals and NDP. Fat load of good they've ever done for the country)! All our political parties have ever really done to us has been to divide Canadians. This only serves to make us easy prey for predators in the night! I say no more! Canadians need to stand up as one, divided by zero! Those that would appose the will of the people need to be taught a lesson, followed by some good old fashion tarring and feathering, finish with banishing traitors from Canada! Finally Canadians need some laws that allow us to force referendums on the government and punish corrupt politicians who think they can screw with their people, their employers, you and me! Fellow Canadians I implore you raise up and shout out your discontent for the horrible state of our country and the world for that matter. Shout from every mountain top (email, letters, phone calls, blogs, forums, twitter, youtube, ect…), "WE WILL NOT STAND FOR CORRUPTION WITHIN OUR GOVERNMENT! WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT AS OUR FREEDOMS ARE SLOWLY ERODED! WE'RE COMING FOR YOU HARPER REGIEM! EXPECT US!"  Let the voice of the masses resinate as one, thundering and deafening our oppressors. Keep screaming and screaming, every day, all day, don't stop screaming until this country is ours again!

'Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!… You've got to say, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the windows, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

'People shouldn't fear the government,  the government should fear the people!'

 

Gloria February 26th 2012 | 12:12 PM

Canada has become rotten to the core with corruption, since Harper's majority. Canada has regressed backwards since Harper. It isn't beneath Harper's dignity to threaten, to get his own way. Harper threatened T.I.D.E. if they said one word against the dirty tar sands, their budget would be cut to the bare bones.

Elections Canada is corrupt.  Only brain dead persons would say, robocalls are often their mistake, nothing out of the usual. Those robocalls went to other parts of Canada.  To all people who weren't Conservatives at that. Canadian people must never, ever trust Elections Canada again. This was election fraud, plain and simple. Harper also campaigned over a Calgary radio station, ON ELECTION DAY which is also highly illegal. However, I'm sure Elections Canada, will approve that too. Many people are thinking, Elections Canada was a part of the election fraud from day one. Shame on Elections Canada, for lying to Canadian citizens. Even a grade seven student, recognized that blatant lie.

During WW11, our young Canadian boys were blown to fragments, so we wouldn't have a fascist dictatorship government in Canada. Quite frankly, Harper wasn't worth dying for and never will be worth that.  As the old WW11 veterans, what they think of Harper.  If this was during WW11, Harper would have been shot for treason, for the evil he is doing, to our once loved and respected country, by the world.  Harper has dirtied and fouled our once good country's name.

 

I think Elections Canada could do with a little Occupy, for their part in this dirty, disgusting mess.

Graham Dudley March 18th 2012 | 4:16 PM

 

 

Graham March 18th 2012 | 4:16 PM

In view of these robocalls and the Conservatives forming a majority government, the government should not be allowed to push forth any bills until a complete investigation into these allegations is done. Not an investigation by Elections Canada but an impartial body of law enforcement. There are too many allegations about a party and/or party member made then over time fizzles' out never to be heard of again. In this case if the allegations are true the government has gone too far and they should pay for their corruption. First of all Harper should be fired from his position (not allowed to quit). Secondly, ridings effected by robocalls should have a by-election paid for by the conservative party. Dictators rig elections, dictators are traitors and should be dealt with accordingly.