Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Baseless robocall allegations continue to crumble

It's tough being on the left these days.

First of all, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is having trouble shaking the "Angry Tom" nickname he was given during the NDP leadership race.

Secondly, your leader is entirely silent on issues vitally important to the Canadian union, such as whether a separatist movement in Quebec with 30-something percent support is legitimate.  Oh, but if you want to talk "Dutch disease" or the next new tax on Canadians, they're game.

Thirdly, your party was just forced to repay over $344,000 in illegal political contributions.

But worst of all, that baseless monstrosity some call "RoboGate" or the "robocall scandal," which united the Liberals and NDP in hilarious rhetoric questioning whether the May 2011 election was legitimate, is crumbling more by the day.

When the "scandal" first broke, a few hardworking Canadians, myself included, questioned whether this was really a scandal at all, and quickly found little evidence of the ridiculous allegations which quickly ballooned into charges of "widespread voter fraud."

Then it turned out that a vital witness - a woman working in the call centre which supposedly initiated those "robocalls" on behalf of the Conservative Party - was lying.

And then it turned out the only thing rotten in the Guelph campaign - the only riding to-date with any solid allegations of elections malfeasance - was the Liberal campaign, as Liberal MP Frank Valeroite was fined for illegal robocalls!

But these robocall allegations have suffered yet another blow, as today it was revealed that Michael Sona is completely cleared from all allegations. Why? An error by Elections Canada investigator Al Mathews:

“In an earlier (sworn affidavit) I wrote that Sona called McBain ‘about a campaign of disinformation such as making a misleading poll-moving call,’” Mathews wrote in a footnote on page 30 of the 36-page document. “On checking I realize that in both interviews Mr. McBain … did not recall Sona as relating the call to ‘disinformation’ or about a ‘misleading poll moving call,’ only that he wanted to set up an autodial call that would not track back to the Burke campaign.”

What actually happened is becoming clearer every day:  The Liberal campaign in Guelph setup a series of misleading robocalls intended to misdirect voters from their actual polling stations. Guelph residents are fooled and quickly point the finger at the Conservative campaign, and the anti-Conservative media quickly find a random staffer who worked the Conservative campaign and blame him with orchestrating a nation-wide campaign of "voter fraud."

It's time for a by-election in Guelph, and an apology to Michael Sona.