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Robo Canada

This is scary stuff. It now appears that Stephen Harper’s Conservative party may have tried to steal the last federal election. They may have skewed the votes in enough close races to actually have stolen their majority of 11 seats. Shades of the dirty tricks the Nixon Republicans used during the Watergate scandal. This may be one of the gravest crises our nation and our democracy have ever experienced.

The Liberals and the New Democrats charge that the Conservative Party orchestrated electoral fraud on a massive basis. They put in play an immense operation to steal the last federal election. In up to 40 ridings, mainly in Ontario, the Conservatives set in motion a complex, expensive plan.

First, on the days leading up to the election they masqueraded as Liberal workers, making repeated harassing calls, often in the middle of the night, designed to fuel voter anger against the Liberal Party.

Then on election day the computers took over and the robo calls began.

To look at the riding of Guelph in Ontario is to see the plan in action. On election day 2011, thousands of Guelph residents took calls from a computer.

An official-sounding recorded female voice said she was calling from Elections Canada and that the polling place had changed.

"This is an automated message from Elections Canada," the voice said. "Due to a projected increase in voter turnout, your poll location has been changed … We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."

The voice gave an 800 number to call. The same message in French then followed.

John Hudson is a librarian at the University of Guelph. He told The Toronto Star that he immediately suspected that something wasn’t right, as the "new" voting location, according to the message, was the Old Quebec Street Mall in downtown Guelph – not particularly close to where he lives. The original location, Laurine Public School, is about a three-minute walk from his home. He had also heard reports of strange calls similar to the one he received being made to other residents.

He was so alarmed, in fact, that he saved the message.

It now appears that millions of such calls were dialled by companies working for the Conservative Party on election day. Thousands of voters were sent to the wrong polling station only to find out that no such poll existed. How many single mothers, old people, people on tight schedules, just gave up in frustration?

The Liberals and NDP say such calls may have suppressed the vote, assisting the Conservatives to attain a majority. The government maintains that it knew nothing about the calls.

So far one young Conservative operative, who also tried to walk off with a ballot box on election day, has taken the rap and resigned. But trying to hang the whole affair around the neck of one operative didn’t work. To see how distressing the situation is, one has to look at some of the really tight races.

Linda Hearst and her husband, Ken Ferance, of Calvin, Ontario, say they also received a suspicious call on election day. Hearst says that shortly after they voted, they received a call directing them to vote in the town of Mattawa, about 20 kilometres away.

Both Hearst and Ferance worked on Liberal candidate Anthony Rota’s campaign and are worried the calls may have corrupted the vote in their riding (Nipissing-Timiskaming). Rota lost to Conservative Jay Aspin by 18 votes.

How did the Conservatives know who to call on election day to send them off on wild goose chases? The answer is in an Orwellian data bank Harper’s team has assembled over many years. Taking a leaf from their Republican cousins down south, the party engages companies that burrow into the lives of millions of Canadians from every kind of public and private source available. They know everything about you, including your voting inclination.

Even after the election the Conservatives flexed their robo muscles and targeted the MP for Mount Royal, Irwin Cotler. Calls went out to thousands of constituents claiming Cotler was thinking of stepping down. The calls were made to try and destabilize Cotler.

This story is not unfolding in some failed state, some shadow of a democracy. This is not Russia, where Putin’s party eliminated all opponents from the ballot, ensuring him another presidency.

What has happened to the Conservative Party of Sir John A. Macdonald, of Robert Borden, of Flora Macdonald, of Joe Clark?

As former parliamentary page Brigette DePape declared on her famous poster: "Stop Harper."

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  • by TheLaughingMan - March 1, 2012, 9:14 am

    Stephen Harper, Rob Nicholson, John Baird, Jim Flaherty, Diane Finley, Peter MacKay, Tom Lukiwski and Vic Toews, along with the rest of the Conservatives are liars, cheats and thieves! Bill-C10 threatens to throw many in jail longer and needlessly! Bill C-11 would strip Canadians of even more rights to what we already own and censor our flow of information! Bill-30 will strip us of our privacy! Now lets not forget the G20 fiasco, Vic Toews immortal speech about Canadians being pedophiles, the planned pension cuts, they place gag orders on those they appoint to various studies so that if the studies turn up data contradicting their ideals, they can suppress the data, or their election fraud, and now they can’t even get our budget out on time!

    The fascist Conservatives would turn our country into an Orwellian nightmare! How can they even call themselves a legitimate government?! How dare they act like they have our best interests in mind! Who do they think they are telling us what we need and how to live our lives?! They’re the middle management and we’re the ones who hired them! We should be telling them what we want and how we want it!

    Canada needs to rise up march on Ottawa and occupy the parliament! We need to take back our country, remove the Conservatives from power! Our government, as a whole needs to be dismantled and rebuilt (that goes for those other parties as well. I’m looking at you Liberals and NDP. Fat load of good they’ve ever done for the country)! All our political parties have ever really done to us has been to divide Canadians. This only serves to make us easy prey for predators in the night! I say no more! Canadians need to stand up as one, divided by zero! Those that would appose the will of the people need to be taught a lesson, followed by some good old fashion tarring and feathering, finish with banishing traitors from Canada! Finally Canadians need some laws that allow us to force referendums on the government and punish corrupt politicians who think they can screw with their people, their employers, you and me! Fellow Canadians I implore you raise up and shout out your discontent for the horrible state of our country and the world for that matter. Shout from every mountain top (email, letters, phone calls, blogs, forums, twitter, youtube, ect…), “WE WILL NOT STAND FOR CORRUPTION WITHIN OUR GOVERNMENT! WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT AS OUR FREEDOMS ARE SLOWLY ERODED! WE’RE COMING FOR YOU HARPER REGIEM! EXPECT US!” Let the voice of the masses resinate as one, thundering and deafening our oppressors. Keep screaming and screaming, every day, all day, don’t stop screaming until this country is ours again!

    ‘Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!… You’ve got to say, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the windows, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

    ‘People shouldn’t fear the government, the government should fear the people!’

    For more information, check out http://www.cananon.info

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