Update: See table below.
The evidence is increasing that there has been a systematic effort in certain regions to deceive people and to prevent them from voting — although not a universal one, certainly, since I was not affected and I imagine that most other ridings weren’t either. Nevertheless, one or more groups have been contacting people in large numbers — using devices like automated calls and fake Elections Canada phone contacts, so clearly this isn’t just a couple of teenagers having some fun — and informing them that their voting location has changed to some other address. Invariably it hasn’t. People voting today are reminded to trust only Elections Canada when finding their voting place.
But tomorrow, I think there absolutely must be a full investigation. Obviously progressives have an opinion about who is behind these phone calls. Only one party has consistently argued that this election is unnecessary, and only one party has brought in election consultants from the American Republican campaigns which have, it must be said, used exactly the same sorts of tactics (right down to the supposedly changed voting booths and the last-minute sex scandals). And we know that Tories use robocalls — among other things, to tell seniors, quite implausibly, that the NDP will take away everybody’s pensions. But I’m going to avoid casting judgement for now and just say that we need to know who is responsible, whomever they may be. Right now.
Here are my collected list of reports so far. I would like to make a list of these allegations. Three of the first four on this list come from CBC, and one of them comes straight from Elections Canada. But I am interested in links to anything that would qualify for the list:
|Cambridge||Guelph Record||Conservatives by 12,918 over Liberals|
|Edmonton||News 880||Various Ridings|
|Guelph||Pample||Liberals by 1792 over Conservatives|
|Halton||Inside Halton||Conservatives by 7850 over Liberals|
|Kitchener-Conestoga||Guelph Record||Conservatives by 649 over Liberals|
|Kitchener-Waterloo||CBC||Conservatives by 17 over Liberals|
|Parkdale-High Park||Liberals by 3373 over NDP|
|Prince Edward Island||Maclean's comments||Various Ridings|
|Prince George-Peace River||CJDC||Conservatives by 16,155 over NDP|
|South Shore-St. Margaret's||CBC||Conservatives by 932 over NDP|
|St. John's||Media Co-op||Liberals by 949 over NDP|
|Victoria||Media Co-op||Various Ridings|
|Winnipeg South-Centre||CBC||Liberals by 2335 over Conservatives|