Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne can't define "middle class" either

It seems Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is having a case of the Justin Trudeaus: she can't define "middle class" either.

One of federal Liberal leader Trudeau's latest blunders was his bizarre inability to be able to define the "middle class" - the class he and his Liberals think they represent.

Well, the Trudeaus are rubbing off on Ontario Liberal leader and Premier Kathleen Wynne.  On April 14, 2014, Wynne announced a $29 billion transit plan.  She didn't say how she would pay for it, other than to say it wouldn't come from increasing gas taxes, HST, or income tax on "middle-income earners."

So, who are those "middle-income earners"?

Calls to both the Ontario Premier's office and the Ontario Liberal Party for the past two weeks have gone unanswered.

Nothing.  Not a peep.

She's going to spend $29 billion on transit, but it won't come from the middle class' taxes - whoever they are.  Premier Kathleen Wynne is completely unable to answer who the middle class is, just like her federal boss Trudeau.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Elections Canada refuses to provide public figure of cost of "robocalls" investigation

Elections Canada has refused to provide a public figure for the final costs of its biased and compromised "robocalls" investigation.

In 2013, Elections Canada asked that I submit a formal Access to Information request when I asked what the to-date costs were.  As of February 2013, they responded, that investigation had cost $779,891.

Now that the Commissioner of Canada Elections has concluded his investigation and completely exonerated the Conservative Party of any wrongdoing, I asked Elections Canada for a final tally.

It's yet another no-go, as Elections Canada responded that I would again have to file a formal access to information request rather than be provided with the figures via email.

That's a $5 I will gladly spend ($6 if you include the stamp), and I will keep everyone updated on the response.

Commissioner of Canada Election confirms: no illegal activity in 2011 federal election

"Data gathered does not lend support to the existence of a conspiracy or conspiracies to interfere with the voting process"

- Commissioner of Canada Elections Yves Cote

Commissioner of Canada Elections Yves Cote has concluded his investigation regarding the alleged "robocalls" that took place during the 2011 federal election, and it's not what the media or Opposition NDP or Liberals wanted to hear.

The report, released on April 24, 2014, concludes that all the hysteria about the Conservatives supposedly “stealing democracy” or being “illegitimate” for “tampering with” the election was for nothing. There was no evidence of any wrongdoing or criminal activity that took place during the 2011 federal election.

Cote's conclusion was independently reviewed and verified by Louise Charron, a former Supreme Court of Canada justice. Charron agreed that Cote's conclusion, “that there are no grounds to believe that an offence under the Canada Elections Act or the Criminal Code has been committed,” was “amply supported by the evidence.”

However, this is the same conclusion Elections Canada reached almost three years ago in its own election post-mortem: “There was no conduct reported that would bring into question the integrity of the election result overall or the result in a particular riding. Although misconduct was reported in several ridings, there is no complaint that it affected the final result. There is some speculation in the media that the dirty tricks may have affected the result in some close contests.” This is what Elections Canada concluded just days after the 2011 election.

Yet, after thousands of conspiracy theories from every corner of the media and the Opposition NDP and Liberals, the Liberal Party of Canada remains as the only political party to have been fined for its illegal robocalls during that election. Remember those screams from the NDP and Liberals about “the largest electoral fraud in Canada's history” and how the Harper Conservatives were supposedly using “Nixonian-style” cover-up tactics? They look like ridiculous over-the-top hyperbolic statements from the ultra-partisan left.

The criminal allegations against Michael Sona are a “separate case” and is still before the courts.

But those “complaints” didn't come from electors reporting that they had received a call – instead, they came from individuals signing a Leadnow template petition that complained about robocalls, not that they had actually received a call. Some actually complained about a phone call they had received as far back as September 2010! Of those 40,000 complaints, only 158 actually complained about receiving a call. Of that small group, six people – yes, six people – said they did not vote as a result of those calls.

See also: last spring I ran a four-part series on the robocalls investigation.

The Commissioner's report thoroughly debunks the “voter suppression” and “illegal robocalls” fantasies and their numerous varieties.

On receiving “nuisance” phone calls: there were a small number of complaints, which varied from being called late at night to just being contacted at all. There was no valid complaint simply because a person received a call: “The fact that electors received a call or several calls asking for their support is part of the normal process practiced by each of the major political parties.”

On receiving “misleading” phone calls: a total of 11 – yes, just 11 – field managers for Elections Canada reported receiving complaints of phone calls that directed electors to incorrect polling locations. The Commissioner concluded that there were indeed a small number of phone calls by Liberal and Conservative call centres which gave incorrect information, but that the call centre employees still told the voter to verify their polling location with Elections Canada. This was “not sufficient to find evidence of misdirection of an elector.”

All told, just 10 ridings saw complaints about illegal calls and they were spread across Canada, from Vancouver Centre (British Columbia) to London North Centre (Ontario) to Louis-Hebert (Quebec) to Winnipeg South Centre (Manitoba). “Had there been an effort to purposely mislead electors, investigators would have expected to see a single predominant calling number or constellation of such calling numbers. This was not found.”

It was not until the media began covering the story that the number of robocalls complaints exploded. A whopping 3597 articles were written in 2012 about the “robocalls” affair, leading to Elections Canada receiving over 40,000 “complaints.”

This grand total of six people is not meant to minimize the severity of their allegations, but to illustrate how far detached the media and Opposition became from reality. All those claims of “mass voter fraud” that apparently resulted in an illegitimate federal government really came down to just six people. Even so, Elections Canada concluded there was no illegal activity just because these six people did not vote.

The Commissioner's conclusion is only the latest exoneration of the Conservative Party of Canada and any of its representatives from any wrongdoing in the 2011 federal election. After Elections Canada made its own conclusion in 2011, federal court judge Richard Mosley also concluded in May 2013 that there was“no finding that the Conservative Party of Canada or any CPC candidates or RMG and RackNine Inc. were directly involved in any campaign to mislead voters.”

In fact, the Commissioner's investigation concludes what I concluded over two years ago: that there were in fact misleading robocalls, in one riding, by one campaign, potentially by one rogue campaign staffer. And we have known since August 2012 who that was: the Guelph campaign of Liberal MP Frank Valeriote was fined $4900 for its illegal robocalls.

Beyond this, there was absolutely no evidence of any smoking gun pointing to illegal robocalls in the 2011 election. It's a shame that it's taken Elections Canada an additional two years and probably over $1 million to conclude that nothing happened. (As of February 2013, Elections Canada had spent $779,891 investigating the “robocalls” allegations. I have asked Elections Canada for a final tally of the costs of chasing a fantasy that never existed.)

The true record of this robocalls saga has now been investigated and concluded as baseless by a sitting federal court judge, a former Supreme Court justice, the Commissioner of Canada Elections, and Elections Canada itself. This is a more thorough debunking supported by more legal, political, and elections experts than could have ever been obtained through a public inquiry. It's time to put the robocalls conspiracy (and all its vitriolic rhetoric) to bed for good.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Wynne goes on the attack against Conservatives and NDP

New attack ads from the Ontario Liberals.

Interesting how Wynne premises her attack against the Ontario PCs by saying “I don't believe leaders should peddle untruths about their opponents” then proceeds to launch a baseless and false attack against Hudak's Conservatives.  Same for the NDP attack, where she states "there's a conventional wisdom that says leaders shouldn't involve themselves in negative ads" then proceeds to, uh, speak to the recording an attack ad.

Against the Ontario PCs:

And against the NDP:

Fair Elections "protests" are nothing but astroturf

Newstalk 1010 and the Canadian Press are reporting that "demonstrations" are being held in cities across Canada to protest the Fair Elections Act.  Since apparently "a few dozen people" protesting the Fair Elections Act passes for news these days, I thought I'd do a little digging (read: 30 seconds of using Google).

They report that Anna Goldfinch is the organizer of the Toronto "protest."  They also quote "protester Andrew Porter," who complains that the Fair Elections Act would limit Elections Canada's outreach work.

After 30 seconds of Googling, I was able to figure out that Anna Goldfinch is an executive member of the Canadian Federation of Students, the profoundly left-wing lobby group for the NDP.  And that "protester Andrew Porter" appears to be Liberal Party of Canada donor, according to Elections Canada's contributions database.

I have asked Newstalk 1010 and the Canadian Press to update their story to state that this "protest" of a few dozen people is really nothing more than a few NDP and Liberal supporters gathering to oppose the Fair Elections Act.  This isn't a grassroots protest, it's astroturf.

Update: CBC News is also covering the same story.  I have asked them the same question, since they're quoting Goldfinch and Porter, as well as a "John Allen West," all of whom attended the Toronto "protest."

Could that be this John West, the Liberal Party of Canada donor from North York?

Jason Kenney calls for "apologies and retractions" over robocalls conspiracy

Good on Jason.

Robocalls investigation

In 2013, I did my own robocalls investigation, but my investigation was focused on how Elections Canada went about conducting its investigation.  What I found was shocking. See for yourself:

Sadly, my coverage stopped after part four because Elections Canada simply stopped answering questions about its investigative practices.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The voter fraud no one's talking about

Published for the Prince Arthur Herald

Have you ever heard about the voter fraud that took place in 2006 in Saskatchewan's Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River riding?

With all the hyperbole and "expert opinion" regarding the 
Fair Elections Act right now, the media would be all over stories of voter fraud and how the proposed legislation would crack down on it.

... Wouldn't they?

In 2006, incumbent Conservative MP Jeremy Harrison was facing Liberal candidate Gary Merasty, a former chief of one of the aboriginal bands in the riding.  All of the polls had closed and the votes were being counted.  With all but one poll being counted, Harrison had been re-elected.

But suddenly, over three and a half hours after the polls had closed, that final poll came in - it was from an aboriginal band.  Suddenly, Conservative MP Harrison had been defeated by the Liberal by a mere 68 votes.

Suspicious yet?  Just wait.

Over 100 percent of the eligible voting population voted!  That's right: on top of the 380 voters who were registered to vote, another 240 people showed up and registered on election day.  
And they were all vouched for!

Secondly, every single ballot just so happened to be in Merasty's name.

Thirdly, a prize was given away - a flat screen TV - supposedly to incentivize voting.  This raffle was done in the same building as the polling station, so band administrators could easily enter names into the draw as they voted.

Did you read that correctly?  Yes, you did!

What was Elections Canada's response to such suspicious activity - indeed, potential fraud?

The voter turnout of over 100 percent?  Well, aboriginals historically have low voter turnout.  More of them voting is great!  Also, the voter lists for the reserve were wildly out of date.

The delay of over three and a half hours?  Well, vouching for 240 people takes a bit of time!

What about every single ballot being cast in the favour of the Liberal?  There wasn't a single vote for the Conservatives or the NDP or another party?  Well, it turned out the poll's band chief called a meeting and said voters would "get a better deal" by voting Liberal rather than Conservative.  "I don't know that's against the law," said former Commissioner of Canada Elections William Corbett, the Commissioner who investigated the allegations.

Finally, how was it legal to "incentivize" voting by offering a prize raffle for voting - especially in an election with over 100 percent voter turnout and where all of the votes went to one candidate!?  The band explained to Elections Canada: “Well, you can't get anybody out to do anything around here without a raffle and a prize. It's the way we do things. If you want a meeting, you have a raffle and a prize to get them to your meeting.”

Why haven't we heard about this?  After all, the Commissioner of Canada Elections issued a press release on it; it's posted below. But it is not easily accessible through Elections Canada's website.  And this case has been repeated in parliamentary hearings, including with the former Commissioner of Canada Elections.

Why has this story been conveniently left out from the narrative on the Fair Elections Act?

This is exactly why changes to Canada's voting system are needed, including eliminating the practice of vouching and cracking down on any interference in Canada's electoral process.

I emailed Elections Canada asking for a copy of their investigation report. This is the response I received:

Commissioner of Canada Elections Finds No Wrongdoing in Federal Vote
Held in Riding of Desneth√©–Missinippi–Churchill River, Saskatchewan

OTTAWA, Wednesday, October 25, 2006 — The Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections has completed its investigation of complaints received in relation to the 39th general election held on January 23, 2006, in the electoral district of Desneth√©–Missinippi–Churchill River in Saskatchewan.

The complaints involved allegations of wrongdoing concerning the promotion of a particular party through a raffle, the distribution of political literature inside polling stations, questionably high voter turnout in certain polling divisions, and missing ballots.

Given the considerable media attention surrounding the allegations, and in the interest of the public, the Commissioner has provided an overview of his conclusions based on the investigation.

The first complaint concerned a raffle held on a reserve by community leaders to promote voting for a particular political party. According to the leaders, offering door prizes to encourage people to participate in community activities is common practice. In this case, an advertisement was posted on the Band office door stating that door prizes would be offered to everyone who came out to vote in the federal election of January 23, 2006. Winners would be selected by a draw. No other participation conditions applied.

On election day, community officials noted the names of electors who entered the polling station to vote. Each name was written on a piece of paper and placed in a draw barrel. No elector was spoken to upon entering or leaving the polling station. Everyone who arrived to vote was entered in the draw, which was held after the poll closed.

The investigation has shown that the draw was nothing other than a non-partisan initiative to encourage everyone living on the reserve to vote. The draw did not interfere with the electoral process.

The second complaint concerned the presence of political pamphlets and advertising at a number of polling stations on election day. The investigation has revealed that some campaign material was displayed at about 6 out of 177 polling stations in the riding. This is regrettable. The cases brought to the attention of Elections Canada officials were dealt with promptly through the removal of the offending material. The Commissioner found no evidence indicating that this activity was designed to influence electors. The incidents were isolated and did not undermine the electoral process.

A third complaint concerned voter turnout at three polling divisions that was higher than the number of eligible electors on the official voters list. The investigation has revealed that this was attributed to:

  • an increase in election-day registration by first-time eligible electors who were not on any official list
  • electors who turned up to vote at the poll on the reserve where they resided instead of at the neighbouring polling divisions where they were listed to vote

The evidence indicated that all electors voting at the three reserve polling divisions had identified themselves as residents of the polling division where they voted and had met all other legal requirements. Available documentation has established that none of these electors voted twice.

Lastly, there were also allegations of missing ballots or ballot box "stuffing" in certain polling divisions. A thorough analysis of election documents has shown that all ballots were accounted for.

Based on the results of the investigation, the Commissioner has concluded that there was no evidence of wrongdoing that affected the outcome of the vote in Desneth√©–Missinippi–Churchill River during the federal election held on January 23, 2006.

The Commissioner of Canada Elections is the independent officer responsible for ensuring that the Canada Elections Act is complied with and enforced. The Chief Electoral Officer appointed the current Commissioner, William Corbett, in September 2006.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Book update: order yours today!


I'm very happy to provide an update to my announcement a few weeks ago that I would be publishing a book on the real legacy of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne's Liberals.

You can order your copy of Liars: the McGuinty-Wynne Record today!  Shipping is free if you order by May 18 through

You can also order an e-book copy through Amazon by clicking here.

Please buy a copy for yourself, buy another for a friend or family member, and make sure this important story gets out!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Daniel Dickin to publish book on the record of Ontario's Liberals under Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne


On October 2, 2003, Ontario's very way of life would change forever. On that night, Ontario Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty was elected as Ontario's 24th Premier. Ontario would never be the same. When Dalton McGuinty was elected Premier, Ontario was hijacked.

McGuinty was elected on the promise that he would not raise taxes, yet only a few months later he introduced the $900 annual health tax. Ontario's debt almost doubled under Dalton McGuinty's Liberals. McGuinty ran the largest deficit in Ontario's history, beating even the record of NDP Premier Bob Rae. The Liberals ran on a platform of transparency, accountability, and honesty, only to have every government decision shrouded in secrecy. While they did run three years of small surplus budgets, they were done thanks to the very tax hikes McGuinty promised he would not implement.

Billions of dollars were wasted under McGuinty's watch. The McGuinty government wasted over $1 billion on the eHealth scandal. They wasted millions of dollars on a Liberal slush fund. They spent billions bailing out automotive companies. And they wasted another $1.1 billion on the infamous cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.

But McGuinty's hijacking is not just defined in economic terms. While Ontarians were out of work and looking to their government, all McGuinty cared about was lavish wage and bonus increases for the select few unionized employees and Liberal “consultants” and “advisors.” The Liberal government banned things Ontarians never asked to be banned, it taxed things that didn't need to be taxed, and it invested billions of dollars in unproven and expensive green energy experiments. They introduced a radical sex education curriculum for eight year-olds.

Despite this clear, disastrous record, no author has written a book detailing this legacy. Until now. In meticulous detail, Daniel Dickin chronicles the McGuinty hijacking of Ontario. Starting with the fall of the Progressive Conservative's Big Blue Machine in the 1980s, Dickin writes about the temporary hijacking Ontario went through under Liberal and New Democrat governments, only to be returned to its former prosperity under Premier Mike Harris. However, with the retirement of Mike Harris and Ernie Eves being elected as his replacement, Dalton McGuinty would become Ontario's Premier a short time later.

When Kathleen Wynne was elected the new Liberal leader and Premier in 2013, she had the opportunity to distance herself from the McGuinty legacy and become a new Premier with fresh ideas. Instead, she failed to take any corrective action, and has only continued the McGuinty legacy of explosive deficit spending, ever-increasing debt, expensive green energy experiments, and continual scandals that involve the misuse or abuse of billions of dollars of taxpayers' money. Dalton McGuinty's hijacking of Ontario has made him, the Liberal Party, and the Liberal government, the most scandal-plagued in Ontario's history, and this legacy has only continued under Kathleen Wynne.

The only answer, Dickin concludes, is for Ontarians to rise up and elect a Conservative government. Only a Conservative government, Dickin says, will end the McGuinty-Wynne hijacking and implement the right policies that will get Ontario back on track to its former prosperity.

For further information feel free to contact me:

Monday, April 14, 2014

Justin Trudeau candidate hypocrisy continues

March 26, 2014: Justin Trudeau says "it's a flat out no" for past Liberal leadership contestants who have yet to pay off their 2006 leadership debts from being Liberal candidates for 2015.

Yet, just nine days earlier...

March 15, 2014: Hedy Fry, who still owes $42,000 from her 2006 leadership bid, is elected Liberal candidate for Vancouver Centre.

It's just another example of Justin do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do Trudeau's leadership of the Liberal Party.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Anti-conservative bigot tries to co-opt Occupy into protesting at Jim Flaherty's funeral, Occupy refuses

Great to see that those involved with the Occupy protests have some decency - even if some other anti-conservative bigots don't.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Growth of Ontario's Sunshine List vs. the Growth of the Public Service

Look what happens when you plot the growth of the Ontario public service's full-time employees against the growth of Ontario's Sunshine List:

(Click to enlarge)

Interesting, isn't it?

Note: I have also asked the Ontario public service for data on part-time and contract employees.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Victims Bill of Rights

The Victims' Bill of Rights (C-32) has been introduced in the House of Commons, fulfilling yet another Conservative campaign promise.

Already, NDP MP Francoise Boivin says "it's a good day" and the bill "is long overdue."

Likewise, Green Party MP Elizabeth May said the bill is "a step in the right direction."

Now there's only one party standing between the Victims' Bill of Rights receiving all-party support: will Justin Trudeau's Liberals support it?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ontario to sell alcohol in grocery stores

If you read that headline, like I did, then you're probably assuming Kathleen Wynne's Liberals finally took a sound policy idea and ran with it.

Except that, no, alcohol will not be sold by grocers and corner store owners.  Instead, it will be sold at LCBO "express" locations stationed within grocery stores.

How, exactly, does that end the government alcohol monopoly?  It doesn't.

Trudeau math

Today Liberal leader Justin Trudeau rose in the House of Commons to protest the Conservative government cutting infrastructure spending by 87 percent.

His complaint: that the $8.8 billion Building Canada Fund was being replaced with... wait for it... the $70 billion New Building Canada Fund.

So how, exactly, is that a cut?  My question exactly...