March 6, 2012

This is why I haven’t been covering the robocallpocalypse

Filed under: Cancon, Politics — Tags: , , , , — Nicholas @ 10:23

Margaret Wente in the Globe & Mail brings a sense of proportion to the robo-call “crisis” in Canadian politics:

What’s happened to my country? I went away for a couple of weeks and all hell broke loose. I came back to find that someone named Poutine stole the last election. At first I thought this was a typo, that they meant Putin. But no. It turns out that Russia is a shining beacon of democracy compared to Canada. Apparently, our country has been hijacked by “the most comprehensive electoral fraud in our nation’s history” (Pat Martin, NDP critic). Voter suppression — lying, cheating and general chicanery — has driven us into “uncharted waters” (Bob Rae, Liberal Leader).

I certainly don’t wish to make light of voter fraud. But this fraud seems to have been engineered by the Keystone Kops. Not a single voter claims to have been prevented from voting. No ballot boxes appear to have been stuffed. Nobody was fraudulently elected. There weren’t even any hanging chads. Elections Canada says 31,000 Canadians have complained, but the vast majority of these complaints (“somebody called me at 10 p.m.”) seem trivial.

The dirty trickster at the heart of this evil scheme turns out to be someone with the nom de plume of Pierre Poutine (real identity unknown). Mr. Poutine and his henchmen were not personally directed by Stephen Harper but are widely thought to have been channelling him. In Guelph, Ont., they engineered a bunch of robo-calls that directed people to show up at non-existent voting stations. This tactic was evidently intended to discourage people who didn’t support the Conservatives from voting. It was so effective that the Liberal candidate won by a margin of 11 per cent.

1 Comment

  1. Funny how it has taken almost a year for this to make it to the media. And also funny how the numbers keep climbing since the CBC, and other news outlets, have asked “concerned Canadians” to contact them with “their story”. And now Elections Canada is getting in on the story by setting up their own website for more “concerned Canadians” to post their complaints.

    The problem in all this is that Elections Canada has already said that it moved over 120 polling stations in the days leading up to the election. It passed the info on to ALL political parties and then asked them not to tell the electorate, but refer them to EC’s own website or info number. I can see operators for ALL political parties trying to get the vote out making use of this info, and making mistakes.

    One other thing, the 31,000 number being thrown about, probably a lot of “progressives” whose stories will never be verified. Seems like we should take their word for it because they would never lie about something as sacred as democracy, eh?

    Comment by Dwayne — March 6, 2012 @ 23:32

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