The more cynical readers of this blog will doubtless be unsurprised, but I think that the recent shambles of a “public consultation” embarked upon by Elections Canada is strong evidence that the organizations is conceding its investigation into the 2011 election robocalls, does not intend ever to charge someone with vote suppression (least of all the individual behind “Pierre Poutine”), and instead plans to engage in a grand exercise in theatrical arm-waving in the hopes that public opinion in the agency’s demonstrably negligible capacity to regulate Canadian elections will be restored.
Elections Canada is working towards what will supposedly be a Grand Report on the issue of electrion fraud tabled in the spring. To that end, it’s engaging in public consultations with respect to a draft report proposing some tweaking to the electoral accountability laws. We’ll get to those tweaks momentarily.
The fact that Elections Canada seems to think we’ve progressed from the “investigation” phase of the robocalls file to the “lessons learned” stage, as symbolized in this new policy paper, tells us all we need to know about the agency’s investigation of the robocalls. There was an investigation — we know there was — but it was under-resourced and consequently slow and ineffectual. If Elections Canada expected this to end in formal charges being laid, we’d have to have another round of “lessons learned” reports, and policy proposals, to close off whatever schemes would have been identified over the course of the investigation. It’s unlikely Elections Canada plans to engage in two such rounds of consultations. This is it. Consequently, whoever did commit electoral fraud in 2011 has definitively gotten away with it. Unless they decide to come forward themselves, for some reason, which seems unlikely.Tweet