First, Canada's Conservatives claimed ignorance and innocence.
“I have absolutely no knowledge of who made such calls or how and why they were made,” said Gueph candidate Marty Burke. “I do not believe there is any connection between these calls and any member of our hard-working, dedicated campaign team.Then Conservatives claimed that a single young election worker was responsible.
Then Conservatives began to lawyer up.
“I think they’ve identified the individual that was involved in this,” Peter MacKay told CBC News, without specifically referring to Mr. Sona. “That individual is no longer in the employment of the party.”
Peter MacKay goes fishing
"[Elections Canada investigator Al] Mathews interviewed Prescott in February about his use of RackNine for voter contact calls, and they were scheduled to have an interview on March 8, but the day before, Prescott’s lawyer cancelled the meeting."
"In both instances where fellow Conservative staffers informed Elections Canada of Mr. Sona’s discussion about misleading calls, the Tories recounting the alleged conversations were accompanied by party lawyer Arthur Hamilton."Guelph Tory campaign staffers discussed misleading robo-calls, Stephen Chase, Daniel Leblanc, Carys Mills, The Globe and Mail, May 4, 2012
Robo-call complaints received from about 200 ridings: Elections Canada, Daniel Leblanc, The Globe and Mail, Mar 29, 2012
Staffers at the 2011 Conservative campaign in Guelph discussed making misleading calls to voters, Elections Canada reports in new court filings on the robo-calls scandal.
Marty Burke & Michael Sona
At the same time, the computer that robo-calls fraudster “Pierre Poutine” used to arrange misleading calls to voters is the same one used by a Guelph Conservative campaign staffer to order legitimate dialing campaigns, federal election investigators believe...
The documents offer new evidence linking this local Tory campaign to thousands of fraudulent robo-calls sent by someone hiding behind the now-notorious alias – a ploy that directed non-Conservative voters to the wrong Guelph polling station on election day..."
High noon is approaching, The Exile of Ennui, May 5, 2012
"Canada’s chief electoral officer is rejecting any attempts to play down the extent of the voter-suppression tactics in the last election, expressing his outrage for the first time in public about fraudulent robo-calls made in the name of his impartial organization...
Poutine Prescott & Stephen Harper
"...Elections Canada has received complaints about phone fraud in the last election in about 200 ridings in 10 provinces and one territory. Mr. Mayrand said the complaints “cut pretty much across the whole country.”
It was the first indication from Elections Canada about the breadth of the complaints of automated and live calls that aimed to disrupt last year’s general election..."
"You know, the moment is fast approaching where the evidence will be conclusive enough that there will be no doubt the Conservative Party of Canada engaged in wide-spread, coordinated election fraud. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that strategy of cheating changed the results of the election. When that moment arrives, based on past behaviour, the Conservative Party will shrug its shoulders and say "so what. Whatcha going to do about it?"
"And Canadians, all Canadians, will have to make that choice on what they're going to do about it. Doing nothing is also a choice. One with repercussions.
"This moment is coming.
"It's coming faster than you think..."
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