Sunday, December 2, 2012

Elections Canada makes exceptions for Liberals to break laws - AGAIN!

We already know this entire "robocall" conspiracy originated in Guelph, and that it was from the Guelph Liberal campaign rather than anyone else.

So, why hasn't this story been the centre of the media's attention?

Anti-Tory robocalls received in Guelph days before election

Valeriote campaign behind anti-Tory robocalls

We also already know Elections Canada makes exceptions for Liberals to break the Canada Elections Act, while no one else could ever hope to be so lucky.

Well, here are more of those same exceptions in response to Marty Burke, the Conservative candidate in Guelph who tipped off Elections Canada about the Liberals' fraudulent robocalls:

July 25, 2012 
We are satisfied that the message in question originated from [the Valeriote campaign] and that the authorization statement was inadvertently omitted. We also note that the cost of the message had been reported with the electoral campaign return of Mr. Valeriote.
 In light of the nature and specific circumstances surrounding the omission, the fact that this is the first complaint regarding advertising by the Valeriote campaign, and because the Commissioner received full and prompt cooperation, the Commissioner has concluded his investigation and will not be seeking any formal enforcement measures in this matter.
Your correspondence also alleged that the number displayed had no call back capability and that such calls may have been made on weekends after 6pm.  These allegations raise no issues under the Canada Elections Act and are outside the Commissioner's jurisdiction.

Got it?  First offence, full cooperation, and allegations outside the Commissioner's jurisdiction?  All charges dropped and no "formal enforcement." So why are they investigating robocalls at all?

Have further information on the Guelph robocalls or the real robocall story? Send them to me.