Fight Over Evidence Starts In Robocalls Case
Elections Canada may have new evidence to present to the court in the case brought forth by the Council of Canadians attempting to turn over election results in seven ridings.
Elections Canada may have new information about the 800 complaints they say were filed about robocalls, but the Conservative Party lawyer is arguing that it is too late in the proceedings for the evidence to be submitted.
The Conservatives have been accused of hiring an Alberta company to make obnoxious phone calls that deliberately misled voters. Elections Canada says they have received over 800 complaints from people who were called by someone purporting to be from the agency and lied to them, saying their polling station had changed. The complaints come from 200 different ridings, though the court case concerns only seven.
As CBC points out the Conservative Party is fighting the submission of this evidence saying it is past the deadline, while also fighting for the admission of evidence from Elections Canada in the case concerning the results in Etobicoke Centre.
The lawyer for the applicants, Steven Shrybman, says he was surprised at the tone of the letter, considering the case is about fundamental democratic rights.
The case may not be heard until October, meaning that if the results in any or all of these seven ridings are overturned it could be mid-2013 before we see by-elections. If results are overturned we could also see other suits coming forth in more of the 200 ridings the Elections Canada received complaints from.
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