By Henry McRandall
The evidence is mounting that Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper may have stolen Canada’s May 2, 2011 federal election, and, if that is the case, Canadians have a right to a new election – now!
Over the past couple of weeks, some of the country’s mainstream mass media have been embarrassed into following up on the story after it was revealed that Elections Canada had been swamped with more than 31,000 complaints about fraudlent phone calls aimed at voter restraint.
The calls – “robocalls” to be precise – were automated phone calls in which computers placed the calls and played fraudulent recorded messages aimed at misleading voters who were not Conservative supporters.
How would these computers – which can literally place thousands of calls simultaneously – know which voters were not Tory supporters? From the computerized records of previous Conservative Party calls to these voters asking whether Stephen Harper could count on their support on election day. If they said no, they were targeted for robocalls aimed at stopping them from voting against the extreme-right-wing Tories.
Who else but the Conservatives could possibly benefit from – or even be able to carry off – such massive voter fraud?
And let’s not forget that lost in the flotsam and jetsam of the last couple of weeks was Elections Canada’s final finding that these same Harper Conservatives did indeed massively violate Canada’s election spending laws in the previous 2008 election, which produced a Harper Conservative minority – maintained in power by the duplicity and the cupidity of the then-Official Opposition Liberals, then led by Iggy The Enabler (Michael Ignatieff).
The Tories, of course, got off with a fine. But when you’re by far the richest political party – because you’re the party most controlled and financed by the Top One Percent – the gangster banksters and the corporate executive robber barons – the millionaires, mega-millionaires, billionaires and mega-billionaires – what’s a paltry fine on top of your massive illegal overspending? If you’ve got the bucks, spend them, I guess, regardless of the legality. After all, most of the party’s funding ultimately comes from government coffers anyway – through tax rebates for political contributions – making the extreme-right-wing Conservatives by far the most publicly-funded political party in Canadian history.
Most recently, today to be precise, there were two new developments. Elections Canada revealed that it is paying particular attention to more than 700 complaints about two particular types of robocalls – made to voters in at least 31 of Canada’s 308 federal ridings, in at least six of Canada’s 10 provinces. And the CBC, Canada’s public broadcast network, also found evidence of election fraud all over Canada.
Although more than 60 percent of Canadians voted against Harper last May 2, his Conservatives still managed to win 166 seats – 11 more than they needed to form a majority.
Yet it appears the Tories may have stolen at least 31 of those seats, meaning the party may have won fewer than 135 seats legitimately and legally – far below what they would have needed for a majority.
And without a majority, they would probably not be Canada’s federal government today. In fact, if – in the extreme – every one of those stolen seats had gone to the NDP, which came second overall, the social democrats would likely have at least tied the Conservatives and would rightly have had first claim to try to form a government.
But wherever else those stolen seats might have gone, the ultimate result would have been the same – an NDP-led majority coalition also including the Liberals, the Parti Quebecois and the Green Party.
It would have been a much more humane, compassionate, sane, upstanding and competent government than the hideous federal regime Canadians are saddled with today.
At least there would have been some degree of concern for the legitimate interests of the Other 99 Percent.
If Elections Canada and/or the RCMP find evidence of any voter fraud whatsoever in those 31 – or more? – ridings, the Governor-General should immediately order either a wholesale general election or at least byelections in every one of the 31 – or more? – ridings where the Conservatives may have committed any voter fraud.
Will it happen? Not likely. The Conservatives appointed both the current Governor-General and the current head of the RCMP, which makes toothless Elections Canada a rather moot point.
Did Harper steal Canada’s last election?
By Henry McRandall