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No 421 Posted by fw, February 26, 2012
The Cons “scapegoat story doesn’t make sense for a host of reasons. Here’s one: it costs a lot of money to robocall 27 ridings, who paid for it? A public inquiry, backed by Elections Canada and the RCMP, can follow the money to find the people and organizations responsible.” —leadnw.ca
In an action alert email to its tens of thousands of members, leadnow.ca is asking them and Canadians in general to contact federal party leaders to demand answers, namely: Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; Nycole Turmel, Leader, New Democratic Party; Bob Rae, Leader, Liberal Party; Louis Plamondon, Parliamentary Leader, Bloc Québécois; Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party; and William H. Corbett, Commissioner of Elections Canada.
Here’s an abridged and slightly edited copy of leadnow’s email —
This is as big as it gets. Elections Canada has just traced misleading phone calls made during the 2011 federal election to a company that worked for the Conservative Party across the country. We’re sending you this urgent action alert because we need to speak out now to demand answers and real consequences before this story is buried.
The “robocalls” appear to be designed to stop non-Conservative voters from casting ballots in 18 to 27 key ridings by falsely telling voters that the location of their polling stations had changed, causing them to go to the wrong location on election day. Fraudulent election calls traced to Edmonton firm with Tory links
This news casts doubt on the legitimacy of Prime Minister Harper’s majority Government. The Conservatives only narrowly won their majority by 6,201 votes in 14 ridings. Tallying the Conservative win in 14 ridings: 6,201 reasons to be frustrated
Let’s shine a bright light on these shadowy practices by telling the leaders of all political parties that we demand a full and independent public inquiry to expose the facts about the robocall scandal and ensure that the penalty for this election fraud matches the consequences of the crime – including possible by-elections in the affected ridings.
Take a minute to send a prepared message to all the party leaders and your MP demanding a full public inquiry and real consequences for election fraud. Go to: http://www.leadnow.ca/robocall-fraud
The Conservatives have known this story was coming, and we believe their communications strategy is to blame a 20-something staffer in Guelph and then hope the Elections Canada investigation drags on, out of sight, for years. Robocalls complaints cost Conservative staffer his job
But the scapegoat story doesn’t make sense for a host of reasons. Here’s one: it costs a lot of money to robocall 27 ridings, who paid for it? A public inquiry, backed by Elections Canada and the RCMP, can follow the money to find the people and organizations responsible.
The stakes are huge. If the public inquiry finds widespread electoral fraud, we could contest the results and demand by-elections in the affected ridings. According to the Canada Elections Act:
524. (1) Any elector who was eligible to vote in an electoral district, and any candidate in an electoral district, may, by application to a competent court, contest the election in that electoral district on the grounds that
(a) under section 65 the elected candidate was not eligible to be a candidate; or (b) there were irregularities, fraud or corrupt or illegal practices that affected the result of the election.
We have seen more and more examples of election fraud in recent years. Now, we need answers and real consequences that lay the foundation for new laws to protect the integrity of Canadian elections.
Click here to send your message to the party leaders and Elections Canada. [Join upwards of 18,000 Canadians who have already sent their emails].
Thanks for all you do.
With hope and respect,
Matthew, Jamie, Anna, Emma, Adam, Gracen, Ryan on behalf of the Leadnow team and volunteers