Skip to comments.Robocalls scandal spreads across Canada as number of affected ridings hits 34
Posted on 02/27/2012 12:39:17 PM PST by Sam Gamgee
The number of ridings that received alleged illegal voter-suppression calls in the last federal election is greater than previously thought, according to opposition MPs.
You cant overstate how serious that is, Martin told CTVs Question Period.
The most fundamental freedom that we enjoy as citizens in a democracy is the right to vote in a federal election, free and fair and without interference.
Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae told CTV Sunday that he knows of 27 Liberal ridings that received calls and expects that number to grow by Monday.
What inevitably happens is that people will look back at what they thought was an isolated incident in their riding and then they begin to understand that it may have been part of some sort of larger pattern, Rae said.
On Saturday, Rae told reporters that voter suppression tactics, including a pattern of harassing phone calls, were a factor in the Liberal partys defeat in the May 2 election. I have no doubt at all that it contributed to the defeat of a number of candidates, he said.
I think when you get as many ridings coming forward as weve seen now, you cant just say its an isolated incident or an isolated case, he added.
This is not an isolated problem. Its becoming a very disturbing pattern, which we can see right across the country, not just in a few ridings.
Under the Elections Act, it is illegal to tell voters to go to a wrong or non-existent polling station.
It just isnt good enough for the Conservatives to say they didnt know anything about it, said Rae. That defies all credibility. The notion that one person would be responsible for these robocalls.
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The robocalls stole the election? Seriously? That has to be up there with “the dog ate my homework” and “I’ll respect you in the morning”. lol
What’s a riding?
“Whats a riding?”
It’s like a congressional district.
Ah, there's the problem.
Whenever Liberals lose an election, it is because it was STOLEN from them.
They have so many dead people voting for them that the only possible explanation is that the other side cheated more.
Just a hunch here but the Conservatives have been very quiet while all this is going on..... it almost seems like shades of an earlier accusation of ‘crank calls from a Tory office’ that turned out to be a planted hoax. My guess is that all this Conservative quiet portends to them knowing something that they just haven’t revealed yet... and in so doing, they are letting out just enough rope for the Liberals and NDP crowd to hang themselves. As I say, it’s just a hunch.
Liberals lie and false witnesses are a dime a dozen in their election schemes.
They tried to steal the election from Bush in Florida with hanging chad victimhood and selective recounting and when that did not work, they cried that the election was stolen from them. They get their troops all in a tizzy ready to storm the next election.
Since then, they have stolen election after election through selective recounting. Rinos are afraid to challenge them for read their jack boots will go marching if they get oppostion to their cheating.
That was supposed to read: ...for FEAR their jack boots...
I agree. And the conservatives are just another liberal party who lies.
Take over the conservative party, Sam.
Take over the conservative party, Sam.
I had to go into comments to figure out what this was about.
I guess this is what occured
After learning a riding is like a ward or better yet like a precinct from one respondent/correspondent
Robocalls were made in certain ridings giving the wrong instructions to a non existing polling station. National Post I believe is a “liberal” publication which took over Financial Post vigorously supports GW calling opponents “deniers”.
I did not link the N Stechyson NP report but I suspect it was quite local and could hardly offer connections even indirectly to Garper Coservative Party approval. If that happened in several “ridings”. I doubt these were “robocalls” because of the need to program the machines to those given “ridings” phone number locations.
Yes, the opposition is protesting too much and this smells of an opposition trying to invent a scandal.
I am no fan of the conservative party in Canada as it has proven to be left of center, having increased spending at a rate of about 6% year over year since they have been in power. It also continues to support and fund the corrupt CBC.
Congressional districts are quite large, and depend on a given population where polling stations (or places) are located in smaller areas usually called a precinct.
In any event it’s not unheard of polling places being relocated to another location right before an election . Particularly when the party in power wants to discourage a turnout in a given ward or township . I’ve experienced this many timse when a Republican precinct captain in Chicago.
It could very well be that those robo-calls were made by the libs in honest error.