Robocall scandal by the numbers: 200 ridings allege election fraud

Opposition vote-stealing allegations are unproven, but misleading election phone calls are now reported in up to 200 ridings - some of them razor-thin Conservative wins as low as 18 votes. VO crunches the numbers to bring you 11 "Tory majority" fraud-call ridings to watch.

Parliament Hill will be the site of a heated debate during Question Period today over alleged electoral fraud. Photo by David P. Ball

* April 2 update - Saskatoon riding added to top-11 closest Tory wins with illegal calls reported. Elections Canada reports 200 riding complaints

The vote suppression scandal from the 2011 election continues to deepen, with the number of ridings allegedly targeted ballooning to 200 - nearly two-thirds of all Canadian districts - according to Elections Canada's testimony in Parliament. That confirmed a 100-riding media-based tally on the Sixth Estate blog (significantly higher than the National Post's 57-count).

The tightest race alleged to have been affected by fraudulent calling was northern Ontario's Nipissing-Timiskaming, where Conservatives squeezed in with only 18 votes - it was added to the robo-call list on February 28. The top 11 "robo-call" ridings - the number needed for the Conservative majority - amount to a 7,735 vote margin - 0.05 per cent of voters. Now, roughly two-thirds of Canadian ridings have reported illegal calls.

The Liberal Party joined the NDP in alleging that Conservatives may have stolen dozens of ridings with illegal phone calls – both rudely impersonating opposition parties, or sending voters to wrong voting stations – and have called for a public inquiry and criminal investigation. The Conservative Party continued to state the incidents were isolated and not sanctioned by the party in any way. 

A call centre staff in Thunder Bay admitted to making impersonating phone calls, and the 23-year old Tory staffer blamed for the calls denied involvement. Nine B.C. ridings are now on the list (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, Kelowna-Lake Country, Nanaimo-Alberni, Prince George-Peace River, Saanich-Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island North, Vancouver Kingsway, Vancouver Quadra, and Vancouver South).

With only 11 House of Commons seats buffering their majority rule, just how close were the Conservative-won ridings in question, and are allegations of vote-stealing in any way feasible?

The Vancouver Observer crunched the numbers to bring you this list of the top 11 closest Conservative victories alleged to have been targeted by fraudulent calls – which may have discouraged or disenfranchised voters. We will add new ridings as they are added to the list – others could be even more tighter victories – in any case, opposition parties and some experts are suggesting the possibility of criminal charges, or even by-elections in the future.

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I received a call on election day telling me of changes to my voting station. In Iroquois falls Ontario. An NDP riding.

throw them in Jail

Its about time that some of the laws the CP goons have been writing be pointed right back at them... Throw them in Jail if any aspect of this is true, which i assume will be the case.  Take our government back, it's about time Steve went to Jail


Thanks for posting your story, Phil in Iroquois Falls, Ont (Timmins-James Bay riding). You are the first to report a call in that riding - can you email me to back up your claim? david (at) That goes for anyone else who received suspicious calls on election day - whether robocall or live harassment call.
Phil wrote:
I received a call on election day telling me of changes to my voting station. In Iroquois falls Ontario. An NDP riding.