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Federal elections commissioner says robocalls probe his “highest priority”

Published on February 23, 2013 by in Home

  By Stephen Maher & Glen McGregor, Postmedia News     One year after Canadians first learned of an active Elections Canada investigation into misleading robocalls, the Commissioner of Canada Elections says the probe is making “significant progress” and remains his highest priority. In a rare public statement, released to Postmedia News, Yves Cote called

 
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Harper v. Canada: 2011 election scandal brings scrutiny to PM’s controversial past

David P. Ball Posted: Jun 5th, 2012 David P. Ball David P. Ball is a freelance writer and photojournalist in Vancouver, B.C., on Coast Salish territories. Find him at davidpball.net and @davidpball on twitter. In love with photojournalism since he was eight, David studied professional writing and political science at the University of Victoria, following that passion to the Middle

 
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New Federal Court evidence appears to back up claims of misdirecting voters in last election

Published on December 16, 2012 by in Home

  By TIM NAUMETZ  The Hill Times Online   PARLIAMENT HILL—Evidence in a Federal Court challenge of the results in six ridings from the 2011 federal election appears to back up claims from a key witness that she believed she was misdirecting voters while passing on poll location changes as a telephone caller for the Conservative

 
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Loss of ‘one voter’ enough to overturn election outcomes, robocalls hearing told

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  By Stephen Maher & Glen McGregor Postmedia News/Calgary Herald     OTTAWA — A judge can overturn the outcome of an election if he believes “at least one voter” in the riding did not vote as a result of electoral fraud, a lawyer for Elections Canada argued in Federal Court on Friday. The applicants

 
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Advocacy group seeks to tie Guelph robocalls investigation to voter suppression lawsuit

Published on November 30, 2012 by in Home

  By STEPHEN MAHER AND GLEN MCGREGOR Ottawa Citizen OTTAWA — The former RCMP investigator who is leading the probe of fraudulent robocalls in Guelph could be called to give evidence in a legal challenge of last year’s election results. The lawyer representing the applicants in the Federal Court case has asked Elections Canada to

 
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Complaints about Tory calls began 3 days before polls opened

Elections Canada emails show officials went to Conservative Party about complaints By Laura Payton, CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2012 5:36 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 19, 2012 8:31 PM ET   Elections Canada officials scrambled to correct apparent misinformation going to voters in the three days leading up to the May 2, 2011, federal election,

 
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New Democrats on electoral fraud

Published on November 19, 2012 by in Home

  Thomas Mulcair, M.P. (Outremont), Leader of the Official Opposition New Democratic Party of Canada   Troubling new evidence linking the Conservative Party of Canada to suspected voter suppression during the last election continues to emerge. As a result, Elections Canada is now questioning more Conservative workers. Rather than heeding our advice and calling an independent

 
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Democracy Watch launches national letter-writing and petition drive for laws to stop election fraud robocalls, and to strengthen enforcement of election laws

Published on September 23, 2012 by in Home

  Tyler Sommers Democracy Watch     OTTAWA – Today, Democracy Watch launched a national letter-writing and petition drive on Change.org calling for politicians across Canada to pass effective laws to stop election fraud robocalls, and to strengthen enforcement of election laws. “Canadians have heard lots of talk from politicians saying they are concerned about false election robocalls and

 
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Tory affidavit casts doubt on robocalls survey data

Published on August 20, 2012 by in Home

By GLEN MCGREGOR AND STEPHEN MAHER Ottawa Citizen     OTTAWA — The Conservatives are challenging the validity of polling data that the Council of Canadians presented to back up claims that misleading telephone calls affected the outcome of last year’s election in seven ridings. A marketing research expert retained by the party’s law firm

 
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Council responds to Conservative filings in election fraud challenges

Published on August 10, 2012 by in Home

Council of Canadians Press Release   On Aug. 8, 2012, the Conservative MPs in the election fraud cases filed several affidavits in response to the evidence filed by the applicants. These include affidavits from the campaign managers in the seven electoral districts at issue and Mr. Langhorne, an executive with RMG, the voter contact telephone

 
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Fight Over Evidence Starts In Robocalls Case

Published on August 7, 2012 by in Home

by Amy Boughner Care2     Elections Canada may have new evidence to present to the court in the case brought forth by the Council of Canadians attempting to turn over election results in seven ridings. Elections Canada may have new information about the 800 complaints they say were filed about robocalls, but the Conservative Party

 
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Elections Canada already has power to clean up election system, it has an enforcement problem, say experts

Published on July 31, 2012 by in Home

by Jessica Bruno The Hill Times    The federal government will likely miss its own deadline to introduce legislation to crack down on voter suppression by forcing telecommunications companies and their clients to register during an election, but some experts say registration wouldn’t be much help anyways. “As so often is true about elections laws,

 
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Another Call For Cooperation From Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

Published on July 21, 2012 by in Home

by Amy Boughner Care2 Causes   As the Supreme Court weighs the case to throw out the election results in Etobicoke Centre, Green Party leader Elizabeth May has declared that if there is a by-election, she has requested that her party not put a candidate on the ballot and she thinks the NDP should follow

 
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Council of Canadians support for legal challenges “stirring up strife” (at least we’re not extremists)

Published on May 25, 2012 by in Home

Press Release Council of Canadians   OTTAWA – The Conservative Party of Canada’s lawyers yesterday filed a second motion to dismiss the legal challenges of individual citizens seeking to overturn federal election results in seven ridings – this time because it alleges the Council of Canadians’ support for the cases is “improper.” The more than

 
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Dismissing Democracy: Conservatives move to dismiss election legal actions

Published on May 23, 2012 by in Home

Press Release Council of Canadians   OTTAWA – Seven Conservative MPs who won the elections being contested under the Canada Elections Act filed motions late on Friday before the long weekend to dismiss those legal challenges even before court has a chance to consider them. “These motions are nothing more than an effort to dismiss the

 
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