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General News    H3'ed 3/1/12

Rightists used election fraud to "win" in Canada--and Liberals and the press are raising hell about it!(Not like here...

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Among the activities flagged by Elections Canada in the 2011 election are "unsolicited telephone calls," "automated telephone messages" and "crank calls." Elections Canada provided no particulars on how it responded to these acts, or whether anyone has been investigated.

Citing the Sentencing Digest, Democracy Watch says only 10 Canadians have been convicted of electoral crimes since 2004, which it calls a "dangerously weak enforcement record."

Elections Canada has received 30 separate complaints from voters regarding misleading phone calls during the 2011 election telling them the location of their polling station had changed, according to Global News -- which indicates the misleading calls were widespread. The information is contained in a 371-page document from the agency that includes all complaints received during the 2011 election campaign.

The robocall scandal is becoming so serious, says former chief electoral officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley, that some Tory MPs could be thrown from office and made to contest their closely contested seats in byelections.

Kingsley said judges might crack down on any attempts at voter suppression -- even to the extent of imposing jail sentences, a punishment that hasn't been meted out in Canada in more than 100 years. He said the right to vote is sacrosanct, and that judges may consider expanding the maximum penalty of a $5,000 fine and five years' imprisonment for violating it.

"Since we're attacking constitutional rights of individual electors, the judge could easily be convinced to consider seriously imposing a jail sentence," he said. "We've never seen anything on this scale."

In some ridings, where candidates lost by margins as slim as 18 or 26 votes, Kingsley said the results could be thrown out altogether, and the voting redone in byelections.


With files from Stephen Maher, Postmedia News and Glen McGregor, Ottawa Citizen

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Mark's new book, Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008, a collection 14 essays on Bush/Cheney's election fraud since (and including) 2000, is just out, from Ig Publishing. He is also the author of Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform, which is now out in paperback (more...)
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