My recent Access to Information request revealed that Elections Canada has spent almost $780,000 chasing the fantasy that Conservatives robocalled Canadians into voting in the wrong places in the May 2011 federal election.
John Dickson Professional Corp - no website, no contact information – billed over $113,000 as the largest investigator in the robocalls investigation
Does the name Andre Thouin sound familiar?
But Thouin is not an employee of Elections Canada, rather an independent contractor. He’s not listed as an employee on the federal government employee directory and he’s filed returns as an independent government contractor for the past several years.
Are you connecting the dots yet? An independent contractor with a known history of dragging media into legal investigations - to Conservative headquarters for sensational propaganda shots - is now working for Elections Canada on an investigation into whether the Conservatives illegally robocalled Canadians.
Furthermore, how did Elections Canada a) decide on which contractors to hire; and b) how much those contractors would be paid, considering the robocalls investigation was not a foreseen Elections Canada expense?
And finally, why have the investigators all seemingly been given $78,444.35 contracts? That's an odd number, don't you think?