The robocall affair seems more like a media campaign orchestrated by progressive political actors and their mainstream media cheering section than a major political scandal on a par with, for instance, AdScam. Such belief in no way lessens my concern over what is alleged to have gone on in Guelph, Ontario during the 2011 federal campaign.
I am, however, unconvinced there was voter fraud elsewhere—at least, to any measurable extent.
Consider for example that one organization alone, leadnow.ca, has apparently sent (as of Mar. 5, 2012 at 4:15 P.M.) 39,897 e-mail messages to Elections Canada with reference to “We need answers and real consequences for Robo-Call election fraud.”
Are these emails included with the more than 31,000 “contacts” Elections Canada has reportedly (as of Mar.2) received? I hope not since these were initiated by an organization with deep progressive political roots—these are not unbiased citizens simply concerned with Canada’s democracy. Their game is to damage the conservative movement and embarrass, smear and defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government.
And what of the protests last weekend in Vancouver or the one on Parliament Hill today? Who organizes them? By the way, CTV’s host Don Martin Tweeted a report that only about “30 people” protested on Parliament Hill today.
We still have more questions than answers.