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When constituents of Liberal MP Irwin Cotler's riding get misleading phone calls - at the behest of the Conservative Party of Canada - attempting to convince them that he will retire shortly I get rather concerned.
When there are widespread reports in hotly disputed ridings between Liberals and Conservatives that so-called 'Liberal volunteers' are harassing constituents late in the evening, I get rather concerned.
When Conservative staffer Michael Sona tries to grab a ballot box when students at the University of Guelph are standing in line waiting to vote, I get rather concerned.
Could it be just one overzealous campaign staffer that just snapped and went over the line? Hardly. We're talking about at the very least 14 ridings across Canada. That means at least 14 voter lists with phone numbers as well as geographical knowledge of locations to divert voters.
This kind of voter suppression alarms Canadians. However, there is one breed of Canadians that aren't all that concerned about this: the Blogging Tories!
A CAW Worker's Voice Of Reason informs his readers that he also received a phone call informing him that he was directed to the wrong polling station location "If any member of the media wishes to do a story on this phone call and the possibility the Liberals or NDP may have been involved, feel free to give me a call. In the meantime, I won't hold my breath."
To which I answer: I hope you wrote down the number and reported it. Or maybe it's better for the Conservative Party of Canada if you didn't do that. Because while the deception seems to be a concerted effort by the CPC, no one is claiming it to be smart and ably directed.
Sandy Crux at "Crux of the Matter" tells us this is all to drown out the accomplishments of the Conservatives. I shit you not! The Conservatives will balance the budget by 2014/2015, she says. So what's a little bit of election fraud along the way?
Over at the Halls of Macadamia, our resident crank and crazy kook comments "I guess rainbows & unicorns farting sunshine just weren't getting the job done." under the title "Let Them Eat Hypocrisy".
While Jack Layton wished that this session of parliament contain a more civil discourse, it takes two to tango. More importantly, Jack Layton never suggested that the NDP would be the CPC's cheerleader. That isn't what an Opposition Party does. No, we'll let the cheerleading of a shady political outfit in the hands of the Blogging Tories. No one does it better!
And what say you, BC Blue? "...there’s no way you can convince me that the massive media pile-on and in-depth detail isn’t only being done because it’s about the Conservatives"
This piling-on is essentially every media organization reporting the many emerging stories of widespread voter suppression. What was previously believed to be a few calls made in error turned out to be thousands done deliberately in the goal of suppressing voter turnout. We must be missing important stories such as Tony Clement's Snowman Cupcake at the Huntsville Mall (How appropriate is it that the picture contains a store that is out of business behind a smiling Tony Clement?). So forgive the media for trying to play catch-up to figure out just how large the scope of this scandal really is.
However, my list wouldn't be complete if I didn't list the blogging effort of one Deb Simms who states about voter suppression: "Don’t do it. Don’t even think about doing it. If this is how your mind works, no political party can afford to have you hanging around. Democracy is a serious business. We don’t clown around with the vote."
Fret not Blogging Tories, she's only been blogging a short period of time. She'll fall in line eventually.