by Brian Lilley
By now you know it to be a fact that the Conservatives stole the last election. At least, that’s the narrative the Media Party here in Ottawa want you to believe.
In story after story there has been talk of voter suppression, subterfuge and outright cheating by that mean man Stephen Harper. The Conservatives were so desperate to win the last election they would do anything, even call thousands of voters in dozens of ridings to direct them to the wrong polling place so they could not vote for one of the other parties.
Despite more than a year of investigation by Elections Canada, no charges have been laid against anyone and no proof has come forward that anything happened outside of a single incident in Guelph, Ont. By any rational examination of the facts, Guelph appears to be an isolated incident, but reason and politics rarely collide, it seems.
Currently the Council of Canadians, a far-left activist group, is trying to use the courts to overturn the results in seven ridings across the country. As part of their “proof” that voters were denied the right to cast a ballot, the council submitted a poll from Ekos Research. Pollster Frank Graves claims his poll shows evidence of a campaign to mislead voters.
There are plenty of problems with the poll and plenty more with Graves himself, including his history of disdain for Conservatives and donations to the Liberals.
Graves is a man who gave $11,000 to Liberal election campaigns between 2001 and 2010. In that same time period, Graves gave $500 to a single Conservative candidate because he liked him. Graves also admitted to giving advice to the Liberals, bragging that he told then-leader Michael Ignatieff to start a culture war.
“I told them that they should invoke a culture war. Cosmopolitanism versus parochialism, secularism versus moralism, Obama versus Palin, tolerance versus racism and homophobia, democracy versus autocracy. If the cranky old men in Alberta don’t like it, too bad. Go south and vote for Palin,” Graves boasted to fellow Harper hater and Globe columnist Lawrence Martin.
Well, to add insult to injury, Graves’ poll has now been ripped apart in a court submission filed on behalf of the Conservatives. Strangely, though, the media outlets that rushed to parrot Graves’ words are silent so far on this.
Ruth Corbin, a non-partisan academic who has decades of experience in the market research field, including with Angus Reid, Leger and others, has described Graves’ “evidence” as unreliable.
Corbin points to many problems with the way Graves conducted his poll, including the fact he was asking people to remember short phone calls one year after they happened.
You would think that all the media outlets and columnists that have followed this story breathlessly at every turn would want to report on this latest development. After all, some of these reporters have filed stories on the same day a new document is filed, at least if it makes the Conservatives look bad. But a week after this 137-page report was filed … nothing.
Could it be they don’t want to distract you from the story they’ve been telling you about how the Conservatives stole the election?
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