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Pierre Poutine identified?

I see some places are re-broadcasting a site and the site researcher who claims he has been able to identify who Pierre Poutine is – the famous handle in the Robocon vote suppression scandal.

All I’ll say at this point is, I know the site has published some reasoning as why they think he know who it is, but I’ll wait until the party in question admits it, before I jump on the bandwagon – legal issues and all, you know.

Why do this if you aren’t trying to hide something?

This action by the Conservatives is about as likely it being coincidental as the chances of me voting Conservative are:

Canada’s chief electoral officer is being called before MPs to speak about the robo-calls controversy dogging the Harper government on the same day Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivers his budget. The Conservative-controlled procedure and House affairs committee has asked Marc Mayrand to appear March 29, just a few hours before Mr. Flaherty tables the 2012-13 federal budget.

Most of the media in Ottawa that day will be sequestered in a lockup digesting the financial plan. They will be unable to leave the budget proceedings until Mr. Flaherty tables the […]

Conservative attack ads already? A distraction attempt, I’d say.

Some folks in the media and elsewhere are saying the fact that the Conservatives chose to start running attack ads going after Liberal “still interim” leader Bob Rae means they view him as the de facto next permanent leader and the greater threat then the Opposition NDP’s new leader – whoever that may be – and that the 2015 general election campaign for them has already begun.

It’s possible this is part of the “permanent campaign strategy”, but I find the timing of it coinciding with all the news about the ‘Robocon’ controversy to be a tad too coincidental. I find it equally as likely they decided to roll […]

One does not equal the other

Certain columnists in certain media are trying to downplay the Robocalls/Robocon controversy by claiming that certain ridings where robo-calls were alleged to have been showed increased voter turnout; ergo, voter suppression didn’t happen or robo-calls didn’t work.

The latter argument – where it’s claimed the alleged vote suppression robocalls didn’t work is beside the point; an attempted robbery that fails is still a crime. That argument also fails to take into account that there would have been an attempt to meet two goals; get their own supporters out to the polls in increased numbers, while simultaneously trying to suppress the vote of the other parties.

Therefore, it’s entirely plausible and […]

A small bit of advice for Stephen Harper

If you’re going to send a spokesperson out to the media and talkshows to defend/obfuscate against robocalls and whether or not your party engaged in voter suppression, I’d suggest Dean Del Maestro isn’t the guy to keep sending out there. He’s an accident that’s happening (the Liberals were calling their own voters and harassing them? Really?).

P.S. – Don’t replace him with Maurice Vellacott either. He’s not any better for your cause.

Robo-con thoughts.

That’s what we’re naming this alleged electoral fraud scheme – at least on Twitter, apparently. My thoughts on this are as follows:

– Is Harper or high ranking members of the PMO involved? I don’t know, but the fact this is the party who has done never-before seen attack-ads in between elections, smearing opposition leaders, not to mention admitted robo-calls to Irwin Cotler’s riding, plus a plea bargain with the in-and-out issue, doesnt exactly give them a lot of credibility when they deny stuff. The Elections Canada and RCMP investigations will have to bear that out.

– Those aforementioned tactics would also be certain to make some of his more […]

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