That “voter suppression” ATIP from Elections Canada

- February 29th, 2012

Claiming that anyone engaged in voter suppression is a serious charge and anyone caught doing it should face the legal penalties outlined in the Elections Act. But as we’ve been saying there is a lot of noise and limited evidence so far. I’d like to see more evidence if Canadians really are talking about the “largest case of electoral fraud in Canadian history” as at least on MP has put it.

I asked for and received a copy of the same access to information records that Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher of Post Media said they used for their original story. I’m sure they have other documents but this is the ATIP they used. You can read the thing below in full, it was a request for email traffic from Elections Canada on voting day.

While it does mention calls from people claiming to be from Elections Canada and misdirecting people in Guelph it doesn’t really shed much light on the subject that was not already known.

Beyond this post-mortem comment from Elections Canada:

“There was no conduct reported that would bring into question the integrity of the election result overall or the result in a particular riding. Although misconduct was reported in several ridings, there is no complaint that it affected the final result. There is some speculation in the media that the dirty tricks may have affected the result in some close contests.”

The document goes on to describe misleading calls in Guelph and the fact that some activity is legal but seen as “unfair” by candidates.

What is fascinating is that the “robocall” issue takes up perhaps three pages of 190 pages released.

Most of the rest of the document consists of reports of returning officers, deputy returning officers and other elections workers not showing up, not bringing the ballots, or leaving early. On page 158 you can read about the RCMP being called in to find a DRO and poll clerk in Fond-du-Lac. The polling station was reported closed, the Mounties found them out having dinner and ordered them back to work.

From these pages it would appear more people had their voting attempt interrupted or put off by missing elections workers that “robocalls.”

We should all remember that it was McGregor that brought the world the “in and out” story which was the last big scandal of widespread election rigging which resulted in a plea deal over administrative charges and not the criminal conspiracy it was played as at time. Are we facing the same thing again? Time will tell.

Read the document yourself.

 

Elections Canada "voter suppression" ATIP – A 2011 00013 Response Records

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5 comments

  1. Kerry Macbeth says:

    While we are on the case of alleged electoral fraud, can we also have the discussion of the level of voter fraud that takes places in our urban centers. How about Liberal thugs in Toronto (large ethnic neighbourhoods) harassing Muslim women entering the polling station to vote, threatening them in their own language about voting other than Liberal. How about the police being called four times to clear the way to polling stations in Toronto, how about ridings hiring lawyers for EDay and being kept busy managing the mismanagement of polls!! How about turning voters away in the hundreds because they were illegally attempting to vote!! Finally, could we finally look at the integrity of the NDP running candidates in Toronto in several ridings who, while not quite phantoms, they were real people, with real names, did not live in Toronto, were not once seen in Toronto, did not participate in the process AT ALL!! Is this not election deceit??? It is my books!

  2. Mark McIsaac says:

    It isn’t the result of the election that concerns me. It is the fact that “misconduct was reported in several ridings”. Our politicians seem to think they are the only ones that could pull this off or gain from the situation. While they bicker away at each other the possible ‘real’ perpetrator is toasting their success.

  3. Mike says:

    The election in that area was a scam, even the DRO,s and assistants had no interest in a fair election.

  4. "Voice of Reason" says:

    What I can’t understand with this whole thing is
    WHY would people, once they found out they’d been “misdirected” by ANYONE not just either call elections Canada, to get the correct polling info, or just go to the polling station that appeared on their original ” Elections Canada Polling Card” – the original source of correct information ?! Surely, most people would assume the call was an annoying hoax, and just sort it out themselves. Yes, it shouldn’t have happened, but take a bit of initiative, people – don’t just stand there, “crying and confused ” !

  5. ken Beauchamp says:

    Hi from calgary Brian and all at Sun
    Our social meeting group loves your program and station .
    We discussed over an anniversary dinner this evening the various comments made by yourself , Ezra and Charles over some serious canadian matters such as the cbc, the strip search victim , omar kadar,
    etc. and frankly we think you folks are losing some objectivity by your continuos monologues on these subjects, enough already.
    You lose objectivity when you go on and on about them, Cover them on a program and move on , let your listeners and watchers decide on these subjects.
    Report the news objectively don’t try to be judge and jury on everything.
    The constant negative and whiny approach day after day on these same subjects after while sounds too biased and this will eventually kill your show because we will quit watching and listening.I think it is called overkill.
    The media must remember there are two sides to every story and we expect that from you three “horseman” because we know we won’t get it from cbc, ctv or global.
    Best Regards
    Ken Beauchamp
    Calgary, alberta.
    march 03, 2012

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