Robocalls Decision Released

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“I find that electoral fraud occurred during the 41st General Election but I am not satisfied that it has been established that the fraud affected the outcomes in the subject ridings and I decline to exercise my discretion to annul the results in those districts.”

That was part of the judgement Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley delivered in the “robocalls” case in Ottawa today. The case saw select voters in six ridings, with the support of the Council of Canadians, seeking to overturn the results of the 2011 election in their ridings on the grounds of fraud tied to misleading and harassing automated and call centres calls they received that have been traced to Conservative campaign workers.

Read more about Judge Mosley’s verdict, in which he declined to overturn the results, here.

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11 thoughts on “Robocalls Decision Released”

  1. Here’s a couple more excerpts from the judgment as reported by CBC:

    “I am satisfied that [it] has been established that misleading calls about the locations of polling stations were made to electors in ridings across the country, including the subject ridings, and that the purpose of those calls was to suppress the votes of electors who had indicated their voting preference in response to earlier voter identification calls,” Mosley wrote in the 100-page decision.

    Mosley said he was not making a finding that the Conservative Party, its candidates or the suppliers providing live and automated robocalls were directly involved in “the campaign to mislead voters.”

    “I am satisfied, however, that the most likely source of the information used to make the misleading calls was the CIMS database maintained and controlled by the [Conservative Party of Canada], accessed for that purpose by a person or persons currently unknown to this court.”

  2. And this just shows how Justin Trudeau is in over his head. Oh, and Adscam! Am I doing it right?

  3. Conservative campaign worker Michael Sona is back in court on May 31. If he’s eventually found guilty as charged for the misleading robocalls that Guelph residents received on election day I guess he’ll be in line to take the fall.

  4. Brian thinks it’s a “non-story” for widespread election fraud to have been carried out using the Conservative’s tightly guarded CIMS database. Tell us Brian, how did the MSM convince the Cons to allow criminals access to their database so as to misdirect voters?

  5. “I am not satisfied that it has been established that the fraud affected the outcomes in the subject ridings”

    I am surprised that the burden of proof wouldn’t have gone the other way; Given that fraud has occurred and that the goal of the fraud was to affect the outcomes, I would think that it should need to be conclusively established that the fraud did not substantively affect the outcomes in order to uphold the results.

    It is not just illegitimacy, but the appearance of illegitimacy in an election that is harmful to democracy.

  6. Brad is right on. People in affected ridings, roughly 3/4 of the country, had their fair elections stolen in 2011, and now they’ve been denied their fair chance to vote again by the Federal Court who hasn’t ordered a new polling of public opinion. Democracy has taken multiple blows from the criminals, backed up by the court.

  7. It makes no sense to quash the 2011 election results in the affected ridings as it would be a waste of tax funds to have a by-election when a major 2015 election is under 2 years away.
    And don’t forget really low voter turnouts in by-elections.
    Those who were supposedly affected by this will have their chance again in 2015.

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