Some new life was breathed into the investigation of election fraud in 2011 today when Elections Canada investigators filed court documents requesting that various phone companies reveal call records of complainants in more than 50 ridings across the country, which may be used to identify the source of a number of harassment and misdirection calls made during the election — some sending voters to the wrong polling location, others just pestering them, allegedly on behalf of the Liberal Party, which denies the calls.
This is getting more than a little ridiculous. The investigation lurches on, zombie-like, never really active but never really dying. One day, we’re told, there will be a final report. Maybe. Only it might not be public. It might or might not lead to prosecutions, or compliance agreements. If it does lead to a compliance agreement, Elections Canada may or may not decide to withhold that agreement from the public until after the next election, in order to shield the government from the consequences of its misdeeds — something it did last election, for instance, to protect the illegal overspending habits of the campaign of Government House Leader Peter Van Loan.
Here’s the part that’s truly silly, though: it’s November 2012. They’re filing for the call records now? They got some of these complaints almost 18 months ago now. The rest of the complaints filtered in during the spring. What the hell took so long? One of the things that emerged from the “Pierre Poutine” investigation in Guelph is that Elections Canada took so long to investigate that many critical records had already been deleted. And that investigation starting filing warrants a year ago now. It’s safe to say any investigation of a May 2011 election that starts searching for documents in November 2012 is going to have a bit of a rough time. Once again this country is stung by Elections Canada’s incompetence.
I’m putting up something I should have put up months ago, which for the moment I’ll call Project Poutine: a record of misdeeds by both the government and the opposition parties. Real misdeeds, I mean, not just a word spoken out of turn. It’s quite a length list, as you can see. Most of the items on the list aren’t actual links yet, because it’s going to take me some time to put everything together. And it will only grow. But somewhere there ought to be a record, I think, of the various shenanigans our political parties are allowed to get up to in what appears to be a basically lawless political sphere.Tweet