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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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Sunday, April 10th, 2011

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Electoral fraud undermines the integrity of free and fair elections. It's an attack against the principle and the practice of democracy. A party shouldn't come to power or stay in power by using tactics that break the law. At its core, that is what the Conservative Party in-and-out scandal is all about.  That is why Canadians are going to the polls again -- for the fourth time in seven years.

Electoral fraud by members of Stephen Harper's Conservative government brought down the Canadian government.  Obstructing the House of Commons investigation of this electoral fraud brought about the vote of contempt of parliament against the Conservative minority government and their leader Stephen Harper.  The non-confidence vote tabled against Stephen Harper and his Conservative government was based on the findings and charge of contempt of parliament for electoral fraud.

Canada's director of public prosecutions charged the leadership of Stephen Harper's Conservative Party's 2006 campaign team with breaking the law to affect the outcome of an election.

There are legal limits on what federal parties and candidates can spend during the course of an election campaign. The limits are there in order to ensure a level playing field between parties, so that our elections are both free and fair. In Canada, these laws help ensure that the people, not money, determines the outcome of an election.

That is the law that Senator Doug Finley, Senator Irving Gerstein, Michael Geniron and Susan Kehoe are charged with breaking. The Conservative campaign exceeded the 2006 legal spending limit of $18.3 million by $1.2-million.  The Conservatives broke the law by overspending $1.2 million on national TV advertising to influence the outcome of battleground ridings instead of the ridings that claimed the expense.

Whether or not you agree with the principle of campaign spending laws, they are still the law, and while the Canadian public and reporters may not be familiar with them, they are well known to everyone who runs a campaign. Even in a local campaign for MP, overspending is punishable with jail time.

Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have argued that it is an accounting dispute. The detailed allegations tell another story.  In order to make it appear that the $1.2 million was being spent locally, the national Conservative campaign transferred it to 67 local Conservative campaigns for 24 hours, then transferred it back out. The media company responsible for buying the ads stated that its invoices were forged or altered to support this version of events. Then, local campaigns applied for $777,000 in government rebates to which they were not entitled.

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You wouldn't let a convicted pedophile into your home to look after your children so why would let Stephen Harper be prime minister of Canada again?

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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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