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.
More tightly-fought ridings to watch:
The hoax phone call numbers continue to swell as more and more Canadians report receiving them. Could other, even more tightly won ridings be added to the list? At this point, it seems likely.
Watch out for these top-five other closest races won by the Conservatives last year. Although they haven't reported phone calls, if any are added to the vote-suppression allegations in the coming weeks, they could strengthen opposition claims that we might be seeing a very different – at very least, a Conservative minority – parliament today.
1. Labrador, Newfoundland & Labrador:
Conservatives beat the Liberals here by only 79 votes (three-quarters of a per cent). Except for a single stint in the 1960s, Labrador has been non-stop Libreral since the province was created in 1949. In the last election, the Conservatives trailed by 62.3 per cent, so needless to say this riding was a puzzler.
4. Bramalea-Gore-Malton, Ontario:
This one was a strong show for the NDP, but they still lost by 539 ballots, in a riding the Conservatives haven't touched since the 1980s. At less than a single per cent of voters, it's not that many in the world of automated calls and mass marketing.
5. Don Valley West, Ontario:
Jumping ahead by 1.1 per cent of the vote (611 ballots), Conservative candidate John Carmichael ended a 19-year Liberal honeymoon in this Toronto riding. Until his resignation in 2008, this east-end neighbourhood was the riding of John Godfrey, former minister of state for infrastructure (under prime minister Paul Martin) and one-time editor of the Financial Post.