Thursday, March 01, 2012

Robocalls: Council of Canadians takes step to protect Canada's democracy

Welcome news earlier today: at least one significant group is stepping forward to protect our democratic rights by offering to assist ordinary Canadians who might have been mislead by the widespread voter suppression in the May 2011 election to take legal steps to achieve redress:

The Council of Canadians announced today that it is canvassing its members and other Canadians to determine the extent to which the “robo-calls” and other dirty tricks during the May 2011 federal election may have undermined basic democratic principles in ridings across the country.

“We are deeply concerned about the recent media reports that many voters were misled, harassed or otherwise subjected to dirty tricks that may have impaired their ability to freely cast their ballots.  While we applaud the fact that all parties are urging Elections Canada to investigate these serious allegations, we believe the victims here are the electors.  We intend to find out from them the full extent of the nefarious campaigns,” said Garry Neil, Executive Director of the Council of Canadians.

Members of the Council of Canadians are committed to preserving Canadian democracy.  Being able to participate freely in elections is at the very heart of that democracy.  To ensure the widest possible input, the Council is partnering with other social justice groups, including Leadnow and others, and thus the survey questionnaire will be made available to a significant number of Canadians in each of the affected ridings. 

“The Council is committed to ensuring that victims of electoral dirty tricks understand their right to defend their democratic franchise, including by making an application to the Court to have the election in their riding declared null and void under the Canada Elections Act” said Steven Shrybman, a public interest lawyer who is legal counsel to the Council of Canadians in this matter.

“All Canadians should be concerned if the rights of any of them to freely participate in an election have been impaired.  We invite Canadians who were affected by any of these dirty tricks to contact us immediately,” concluded Mr. Neil.

The Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest social justice organization, with 75,000 supporters from coast to coast.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if other organizations did the same?

 Hint: NDP? LPC? Where are you??

5 comments :

  1. "Social Justice" Organization? Translation - raving leftist lunatics that make Jack Layton look like a republican.

    Unfortunately our legal system needs a pesky little thing called EVIDENCE.

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if you lefty whiners had some instead of unsubstantiated allegations?

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  2. Elections Canada has ALREADY INVESTIGATED the allegations.

    Their finding:

    “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.”

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/83175057/E...sponse-Records

    It's in the first three pages. Funny the "journalist" who broke the story' Glen McGregor left that part out.

    Funny how the CBC, Toronto Star, and other mainstream media didn't report this FACT.

    They also concluded that more people had their voting disrupted by missing Elections emplouee's than by "robocalls".

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  3. Wait a while, folks|!
    Watergate took a while before the public really sat up and paid notice and the coverup start to fall to pieces. There are many Canadians who still believe we have a democracy worth fighting for; these are the first signs of a general revolt against the degradation of our democratic rights.
    Wait for it.
    It's coming.
    Real fast.
    Real hard.

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  4. folks we are NOt living in a democracy . we are in a dictatorship . ( i didn't say tyrany ) one person , the prime minister , makes all the calls , so you can bet he also made the call to carry out this deceit , this fraud.

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  5. Cat...you have a tendency to make predictions that fall waaaaaay short of their respective marks. Every tiny "scandal" unleashes a torrent of posts from you, each one being the end of the Conservatives, and all culminating in a Canadian revolution against the dictator Harper. I love reading your lunatic ranting, so please don't stop.

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