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Fight Over Evidence Starts In Robocalls Case

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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11:10PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

oh jeez, more proof that teabuggery is contagious.

10:17PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

A study was done very early in the investigation, trying to estimate the number of misleading calls made. One interesting point that arose from it was the fact that, if I recall correctly, a quarter of the control-group, non-Conservative voters in ridings with no prior reports nor evidence of wrongdoing (after having checked with Racknine to find the locations called under the scam), reported having received those calls. The conclusion at the time was that the power of suggestion to create false reports and the power of partisan politics to do the same were very strong. In fact, if I recall correctly, this is the origin of the "reports" in over 200 ridings mentioned here.

Back to the topic, here's a question which I would really like to see answered; Why is there a deadline for the submission of new evidence? That should serve as a guide to when the deadline should be ignored and when it should not.

6:31PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Gladly signed petition!
EXPOSE THE CRIMINALS!

4:04PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Conservatives engaged in deceptive robo calls here too. They told democratic voters that their candidate already won so they should stay home, were sent fliers (funded by The Koch Brothers) that gave them the wrong address and wrong date for mail in ballots, etc., etc. Why aren't they all in jail for voter intimidation and election fraud?

2:12PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

12:06PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Liz E.,
you just have to convince your member of parliament to
become independent.

Another way is help Ecojustice financially, it would provide them with the resources to identify opportunities for new legal challenges to budget bill C-38.

12:03PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thanks.

11:25AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Good Grief ! How long are we prepared to put up with this dictator and how do we stop him from destroying our country?
It seems no matter what he does or says these days it is all bad. He is desperately hanging onto the coat tails of mega corporations, the American government and anyone else who can afford to pay him off.
This is not what we expected of him, nor what we deserve as a nation, he is dragging us into a pile of muck and we should all have the guts to stand up and let him know that we no longer are for him, but against him (not that I was ever for him). Time to start campaigning for the next election, too bad that we have to wait until 2015 to toss him out....or do we?

11:19AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

We may have to wait 'till October now? Good grief! Man up, Harper! If your such a great leader show us by taking the punishment you deserve.

11:18AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Have they been taking lessons from Republicans in the U.S.?

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