The noose continues to tighten around Pierre Poutine. We have a second alias, and multiple fake addresses. Conservatives have openly leaked that they know who he is, and even stated that it was Michael Sona (apparently falsely). Last week they gave secret briefings to journalists on what they claimed was Pierre Poutine’s target list, derived from their CIMS database. That too was apparently false, given this week’s revelation that the Poutine target list was much larger than the one the Conservatives leaked.
We also know that Poutine covered his tracks. It has now been revealed that he uploaded a second message to Racknine, supporting a Liberal candidate. This predictably led to a wave of headlines in the pro-Conservative Postmedia chain implying that Poutine might have been a Liberal. That makes sense, if you’re prepared to assume that (a) Racknine for some reason violated its exclusivity contract with the Conservative Party and (b) a Liberal would upload a list of “supporters” to whom he would then send both a message urging them to get out and vote Liberal, and also sending them to a non-existent polling station. Yep. That makes complete sense. Or at least it does to the wave of Neanderthal-grade intellects populating the online forums.
But the real question that now must be asked was: how many Pierre Poutines were there? The Sixth Estate master list documents allegations and complaints of bogus calls which went out in 100 ridings — almost 1 in 3 ridings in the country. The list is so large that it provokes an instant and instinctive denial: that can’t be true. Not in our country. It couldn’t happen in Canada.
Well, it did. The complaints are out there, and they are from actual people. I didn’t make them up. It’s possible that a few people are deliberately inventing stories in order to get in on the story. But only a few ridings only involve a single documented complaint in the media. Want to say that 50% of the people coming forward are lying? Fine. That still leaves us around 90-100 ridings where fraud occurred, if the liars are evenly distributed, or around 50 ridings if they aren’t.
Probably not. Suppose that the internal firewalls in the CIMS database aren’t as secure as they should be, and that for whatever reason a handful of Poutine’s calls were actually sent to people not in Guelph. That’s the excuse advanced by Conservatives in confidential briefings. But even if that were true across the country, and supposing an average of 10 ridings affected for each one targeted, we’re still left with 10 separate Pierre Poutine-style operations across the country. Probably more, given that there were multiple operations in southern Ontario alone. So far few, if any, people have come forward saying they got a robocall directing them to an unknown location in a totally different city and riding, so that’s further evidence that this isn’t just a single rogue operative with a bunch of unintended spillover.
One Poutine callout is a rogue operation, I will concede. Two could be a coincidence? But 100? That’s a conspiracy. There is no other plausible way to explain the fact that similar phone calls were reported in so many different ridings, other than as part of some sort of coordinated covert operation.Tweet