No 1062 Posted by fw, May 28, 2014
“Buried inside Harper’s [Fair Elections Act] bill are more powerful provisions that serve as a ‘sneaky and malicious attack on investigators’ chances of ever catching the robocall culprits, or any future similar cheaters.’ In fact, it prevents Elections Canada from even alerting Canadians about voter fraud when it comes to its attention. Friend, we need to stop him. We have a plan…. You and I can save Canada from Stephen Harper, but I need you to help rabble.ca reach Canadians – to tell them what is really going on.” —Kim Elliott, publisher of rabble.ca
Elliott’s plea for help was distributed in his May 27, 2014 email to rabble.ca subscribers. It is re-posted here –
Please help rabble.ca stop Harper’s election fraud plan. Will you become a monthly donor by giving $5 each month, or make a special one-time gift of $25?
Stephen Harper is bent on ruining Canada, and we are trying to stop him. If you want to stop Harper too, then I need to ask you to do something. Right away.
I worry that we have underestimated just how far Stephen Harper is prepared to go.
Stephen Harper is entrenching his personal power – even if it means attacking our very democracy and fair elections. And now, he is making his next move – and it’s absolutely frightening.
Is Harper getting ready to steal the next election?
Please, let me warn you: I am very serious. Harper is forcing through a new law that will make it easier for his party to engage in dirty tricks that confuse voters and bar people from voting – and no one will even know when he’s done it.
Friend, we need to stop him. We have a plan. You and I can save Canada from Stephen Harper, but I need you to help rabble.ca reach Canadians – to tell them what is really going on.
rabble.ca has assembled an amazing team – and we have developed a plan to counter Harper’s attack on democracy. Your donation will allow us to put that plan into place – before it is too late.
It’s your choice. If you put this email aside, and don’t take action, right away – Stephen Harper wins.
Or, you can make a financial contribution to allow me to launch our plan, and help save Canada. It’s that clear.
Let me share a short story proving why rabble.ca is so essential, and why your support will make a difference.
You see, as rabble.ca’s publisher, every day I receive cutting-edge analysis and reports from our writers across Canada.
They have been tracking Harper’s so-called “Fair Elections Act” which is being pushed through Parliament. Most of the corporate media’s coverage of the act has been focused on stiffer voter ID requirements for people to be able to vote. Those are worrisome enough.
But a few weeks ago when I was in our Parliamentary bureau, I read the report from rabble.ca’s own Ottawa political reporter, Karl Nerenberg. It left me cold.
“That’s not what the Fair Elections Act is, in truth, all about,” reported Karl, referring to the voter ID issues. “But Harper’s team may have suckered those with grave doubts about [the act] – into focusing on the ID and vouching issue.”
Buried inside Harper’s bill are more powerful provisions that serve as a “sneaky and malicious attack on investigators’ chances of ever catching the robocall culprits, or any future similar cheaters.”
In fact, it prevents Elections Canada from even alerting Canadians about voter fraud when it comes to its attention.
Our rabble.ca president, Duncan Cameron, agrees, “The party that practised voter suppression has introduced voter suppression legislation: the Cheat to Win Act.”
This is the brilliant analysis that makes rabble.ca so essential. This is how we can uncover what’s really behind Harper’s schemes.
Today we are launching our annual appeal to support media democracy in Canada. We need to raise $20,000 and sign up 300 new monthly donors before Canada Day. We have a plan – and I want you to be a part of it.
We will counter Harper’s threat through our own approach to investigative journalism, and inform as many Canadians as possible. But I need your help. Here’s why.
According to polling information about Harper’s “Un-Fair Elections Act” that I have reviewed, three out of four Canadians are unfamiliar with the Conservatives’ proposed legislation, including one out of four who had never even heard of it. This is something that we have to change – we need to reach many more Canadians to expose Harper’s plan.
Because if we do, according to the polling data – resistance will grow. The more people know about Harper’s changes to the election act, the more people will be opposed to them. This gives me hope.
But there is so little “media democracy” in the country: who can Canadians trust?
Where can people turn for the essential media coverage of these issues, when almost all of the information being provided to the public comes through corporate-owned media conglomerates, such as Bell and Rogers?
We can’t forget that these corporate media powerhouses – which own the Globe and Mail, CTV, and almost every daily newspaper – all backed Stephen Harper in the last federal election.
Just look at what has happened. Since taking power in 2006 he has brought the corporate media into line, worked to silence environmental and citizens groups by cutting off funding and launching investigations, attacked unions and their very ability to organize workers.
Harper is targeting our democracy next – let’s not let him get away with it. Will you join me?
rabble.ca reaches up to 450,000 unique viewers every month. That’s amazing – but it is not enough.
We need to more than double that number before the next election to reach one million Canadians every month – that’s what is needed to stop Harper. I hope that I can count on you to join me so we can inform Canadians about what is really happening.
The more people we can reach, the better Canada will be. But without your support – Harper may win.
Thank you for joining our rabble.ca team, and for saving Canada from Harper.
P.S. Please help rabble.ca stop Harper’s election fraud plan. Become a monthly donor by giving $5 each month, and then choose to receive a free subscription to This! Magazine. Or make a special contribution of $25 to promote media democracy in Canada by supporting rabble.ca.
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