New information March 6 2012 added to the bottom of the list.
This list sure is getting long.
Why Canadians are furious with the Harper Government.
March 2 2010
Boy have they got a lot of them. So if you see and angry Canadian don’t be surprised.
Harper is taking away the Freedoms and Rights.
If there was an election tomorrow Harper and his lot would vanish.
I don’t think they would miss any one of them. One thing I will say about Canadians they are very well educated. Even the ones that did vote for Harper have turned on him. There is a very select few that still think he is a good guy. A very select few.
Harper of course thinks every thing is tickity boo.
If it were up to the majority of Canadians he and his lot would be in prison. That is after all where criminals go?
Feb 27, 2012,
by Lawrence Martin
The Conservatives have been caught up in many shady activities since coming to power. The revelation that they may have been behind a robocall operation to suppress voting for opposition parties would rank, if proven, among the more serious offences.
Stephen Harper has denied involvement in the scam in which operatives acted under the guise of Elections Canada officials. Coincidentally, another controversy, the in-and-out affair, involved Elections Canada. Some of Harper’s most senior officials took part in that operation.
In giving or not giving the benefit of the doubt on matters like these, the question of the track record figures prominently. To the misfortune of Team Harper, its record on duplicitous activities is hardly one to inspire confidence that its hand are clean.
There follows a list – is Harperland becoming Nixonland? — of dirty tricks, black ops and hardball tactics from the Conservatives’ years in power.
1. Cooking the Books
The duplicity began in the election that brought the Conservatives to power – the 2006 campaign in which they were promising a new era of transparency and accountability. Via some peculiar accounting practices, the Tories exceeded spending limits in the campaign, providing themselves with an advertising advantage in key ridings. They were later caught, had their offices raided by police and ultimately pled guilty last year to reduced charges of violating financing provisions of the Elections Act.
2. The Hidden Slush Fund
More than $40-million slated for border-infrastructure improvements instead went into enhancement projects in Tony Clement’s riding in preparation for the G-8 summit. To conceal the intent of the spending from legislators, John Baird used the border fund as a “delivery mechanism” for the money.
3. Falsifying Documents
The document-altering scam involving Bev Oda’s office and the aid group Kairos is only one of several instances in which the Tories have been caught document-tampering. They went so far as to alter a report by Auditor General Sheila Fraser to make it look like she was crediting them with prudent financial management when, in fact, it was the Liberals to whom she was referring.
4. Shutting Down Detainees’ Probes
The Conservatives employed a number of authoritarian tactics to avoid culpability on the Afghan detainees’ file. They included an attack on the reputation of diplomat Richard Colvin, the shutting down of Parliament and the disabling of Peter Tinsley’s Military Police Complaints Commission. The Tories denied Tinsley’s commission documents for reasons of national security – even though commission members had national security clearance.
5. The Cotler Misinformation Campaign
In an act described by the Speaker of the Commons, himself a Tory, as reprehensible, Conservatives systematically spread rumours in Irwin Cotler’s Montreal riding that he was stepping down.
6. The Suppression of Damaging Reports
A report of the Commissioner of Firearms that showed the gun registry in a good light was kept hidden by Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan beyond its statutory release deadline. As a consequence, the report escaped the eyes of opposition members before a vote on the registry was taken. It is one of many instances in which the government has suppressed research that runs counter to its ideology.
7. Attempt to Frame the Opposition Leader.
Late in the 2011 election camapign, a senior Conservative operative leaked bogus photos to Sun Media in an attempt to frame Michael Ignatieff as an Iraqi war planner.
8. Communications Lockdown.
The government went to unprecedented lengths to vet, censor and withhold information. After denying legislators information on costs of programs, Harper became the first prime minister in history to be found in contempt of Parliament. The public service has muzzled like never before. Last week, several groups wrote Harper urging him to stop gagging the science community on the question of climate change and other issues. The Tories denied an opposition member accreditation to attend the Durban summit on climate change then lambasted the member for not being there. Journalists have faced myriad restrictions. At one point in the in-and-out affair, PMO officials fled down a hotel fire-escape stairwell, Keystone-Kops style, to avoid the media. On another, the governing party had the police clear a Charlottetown hotel lobby of scribes wishing to cover a Tory caucus meeting.
9. Intimidation and Bullying of Adversaries
The list of smear campaigns against opponents is long. Some that come to mind are Harper’s trying to link Liberal Navdeep Bains to terrorism; Vic Toews’ labelling of distinguished jurist Louise Arbour a “disgrace to Canada” for her views on the Middle East; seeking reprisals against University of Ottawa academic Michael Behiels for being critical of the government; and the dismissal of Nuclear Safety Commission boss Linda Keen who the PM decried as having a Liberal background.
10. The “Citizenship” Dog and Pony Show
As well as being muzzled, civil servants have been put to use for the government’s political benefit. In one such case, the immigration department ordered bureaucrats to act as stand-ins at a fake citizenship reaffirmation ceremony broadcast by Sun TV.
11. Writing the Book on Disrupting Committees
The Tories quietly issued their committee chairpersons a 200-page handbook on how to obstruct the opposition. The handbook recommended barring witnesses who might have embarrassing information. It went so far as to instruct chairpersons to shut down the committees if the going got really tough. The Tories have also issued an order that frees cabinet staffers from ever having to testify before committees. They are resorting more frequently to in-camera committee sessions, away from the public and media eye.
12. Leaking Veterans’ Medical Files
Colonel Pat Stogran, who was dropped as Veterans’ ombudsman after making waves, says he became the target of anonymous defamatory emails and other dirty tricks after criticizing the government. Other veterans, Sean Bruyea and Dennis Manuge, say their medical files have been leaked, going all the way back to 2002, in an attempt to embarrass them.
13. Unfixing The Fixed-Date Election Law
The prime minister brought in a fixed date election law which, he said, would remove the governing party’s timing advantage in dropping the writ. He promptly turned around and, earning Jack Layton’s lasting disdain, ignored his own law and issued a surprise election call in 2008.
14. Declaring Brian Mulroney Persona Non Grata
In the wake of the Karlheinz Schreiber cash hand-out controversy, Harper’s team, in its zest to disassociate itself, went so far as to put out the false rumour that Mulroney, who won two majorities for the party, was no longer a card-carrying member.
15. Unreleasing Released Documents
The Conservatives have resorted to the use of shady tactics to de-access the Access to Information system. In one notable instance cabinet staffer Sebastien Togneri ordered officials to unrelease documents that were on their way to the media. Freedom of information specialist Stanley Tromp has catalogued some 46 examples of the government’s shielding and stonewalling.
16. Ejecting Citizens From Rallies
Operatives hauled voters out of Harper rallies in last year’s campaign for the simple reason that they had marginal ties to other parties. The PM was compelled to apologize.
17. Hit Squad On Journalists
Operating under phony email IDs, Conservative staffers have attacked journalists in thousands of online posts in an attempt to discredit them and their work.
18. Dirty Work on Dion
The Conservatives have set records for the use of personal attack ads. In the 2008 campaign they ran an on-line ad which depicted a bird defecating on Stephane Dion’s head. Protests compelled them to withdraw it.
19. Tory Logos on Taxpayer Cheques
The economic recovery program was paid for by taxpayer dollars but the Tories tried to make political gains by putting their party logo – until they were called on it – on billboard-sized cheques. Surveys by journalists showed the money was distributed disproportionately to Conservative ridings and partisans.
20. The Rob Anders Nomination Crackdown
The prime minister has been accused of turning his own party into an echo chamber. When someone tried to exercise her democratic right to challenge Harper loyalist Rob Anders for the nomination in his Calgary riding, Harper’s men descended like a black ops commando unit, seized control of the office, seized control of the riding executive and crushed the bid.
21. The Rights and Democracy Takeover
Groups like Rights and Democracy supposedly operate at arm’s length from the government. But the Harperites, in what journalists described as boardroom terror, removed or suspended board members and stacked the board with pro-Israeli hardliners. As part of the ethical anarchy, a break-in occurred at headquarters.
22. Vote Suppression Tactics
Along with the accusation of pre-recorded robocalls sending voters astray in last election, reports of several other Tory vote suppression tactics have surfaced. They include a systematic live-caller operation in which Liberal supporters were peppered with bogus information.
The list does not include such controversies asthe Cadman affair in which the Conservatives allegedly tried to bribe independent MP Chuck Cadman for his vote; the whitewashing by Integrity Commissioner Christiane Ouimet of 227 whistleblower complaints against the government; the allegation by eyewitness Elizabeth May that Harper cheated in the 2008 election’s televised debates by bringing in notes; and many others.
Click here to access other columns by Lawrence Martin.
- Gave CGI contracts galore
- CGI David Johnston now Governor General
- Wants Open The Door To Privatizing Health Care
- Want to raise the retirement age from 65 to 67
- Wanting to still purchase F35′s that are lemons
- Not reporting use of Racknine to Elections Canada
- Wanting to close more postal services
- Giving Canadian Citizens private information to privately owned Companies or Corporations
- Wasting a fortune on consulting agency’s
- Bill C51
- Bill C10
- Bill C30
- Tax cuts for the rich corporations making record profits
- Planning Free Trade with the EU
- Half a trillion dollar debt
- Refuses to tell Canadians how much war, has cost the taxpayers
- Damage-control bid over MacKay chopper ride ‘stupid’
- Complacency about privacy violations among Veteran advocates
- Election Violations there are also a few others.
- Keeping Secrets from the public
- Muzzling Scientists
- Sleazy ad’s during campaign
- Don’t read the bills presented
- Prorogue 1
- Prorogue 2
- Cadman bribe
- The Emerson affair
- 45 riding now affected by robo calls
- Attempting to block the investigation by Elections Canada
- RMG Thunder Bay Call Center employees called RCMP got no help
- Signed agreements with the US to integrate policing and information sharing
- Attempted to privatize CBC
- Harper Plans 80 000 Job Cuts Towards Public Servants
- Vic Toews insinuates Canadians support child pornographers if they disagree with bill C10
- Vic Toews did not know what was in Bill C10 So he said or did he lie to cover his butt
- Harper Government supports Torture
- Young Tory staffer resigns amid robocall scandal
- Dangerous Liaisons: Flaherty, Carney in Synch with Bank Lobbyists
- Amnesty accuses Libyan militias of unbridled torture
- Government privacy breaches alarming
- Lobbyists Behind Omnibus Crime Bill Aimed at Privatizing Prisons
Harper’s Safety Minister Vic Toews Lies
Tell Vic Toews Didn’t Read His Own Online Spying Bill
The word child was not mentioned in the of the Bill at all.
An they wondered why Canadians were angry.
Now they have a revised bill of about 150 pages.
Will have to read it and get back to you on that one.
They may have a majority government but The majority of the people did not vote for them and even their own supporters who did vote for them have turned on them.
Now there is a trail of bread crumbs leading to the fact the voters were tampered with. It may turn out this government is illegitimate and cheated to get into power. The majority of Canadians want them gone. Including their own supporters.
They have not got a leg to stand on.
Robo Calls problem growing
Please pass this on to all your Canadians friends. Election Fraud is a serious crime.
Harper went to war in Libya Canadians are angry.
Canadians don’t want Harper going to war against Iran either.
New Added March 3 2012
Another “in and out” in Quebec?
Conservative candidates in Quebec have paid for calls made by the national party without knowing why
Hélène Buzzetti March 1, 2012 Canada
Photo : Reuters
The Conservative Party of Stephen Harper pleaded guilty last November to charges of electoral fraud precisely because he had used his campaign fund and those of its candidates as communicating vessels in the election of 2005-2006, allowing in the facts to spend more than the legal limit.
RMG under investigation
, the radius of the investigation triggered by Elections Canada on misleading phone calls made outside of the ballot May 2, 2011 widens, CBC News revealed last night. The organization would interview employees of a call center based in Thunder Bay, Ontario, operated by Responsive Marketing Group. The company was hired by the Conservative Party to reach voters. It is not clear whether the talks held in Thunder Bay are directly related to the investigation by Elections Canada in Guelph. – The Gazette
Ottawa – Election expenses of some Conservative candidates in Quebec in the last general election raise questions. At least one direction of local campaign admits being asked by the national office of the Conservative Party to pay a firm calls without obtaining anything in return. Another wonders about the real value of the expenditure. campaign Bertin-Denis in Rimouski Neigette-Témiscouata-Les Basques paid $15 000.01 at 15 Toronto-based Responsive Marketing Group (RMG) during the last election. The catch? The local Conservative team do not know what this money was used. “It was kind of a trunk box to support it, says Le Devoir defeated the Conservative candidate, Denis Bertin. It had nothing to say about the operations of that. They did not call and no one was called. I was not part of the survey, I was not consulted. ” Mr. Denis says his riding has been targeted by the headquarters of the Conservative Party as “be beaten.” Suddenly, the PC agreed to pay more money to the district, or $ 55 000. “We did not pay [the contract with RMG], says Denis. Funding came from the National and we wrote a check. “Hence the term” mailbox “: the campaign fund of the district association has only served to channel money from the country, according to Denis Bertin . Ghislain Pelletier, official agent and as one who was responsible for approving the election expenses of Mr. Denis, confirmed the situation. “We were strongly advised to take it,” said he to Le Devoir. Who’s “they”? “The Conservative Party. The company sent us the invoice and I paid it on the recommendation of the party. “RMG or the Conservative Party he provided the local campaign results of these calls? “Absolutely, ma’am. If I were in a private company, I would have asked for a report. “Mr. Pelletier, an accountant by training, said they found this invoice salt. Another local association questioned the value of the contract calls strongly recommended by the Conservative Party: Chicoutimi-Le Fjord. Again, the contract cost $15 000.01. The candidate, former journalist Carol Nero, acknowledges that it does not really know what it was withdrawn. “I did my campaign on my side, I did not really dealt with that.” Did he see the results of this important contract phone calls? “We had reports on voting intentions, but not more than that. [...] I can not really say if I got my money or not. ” In both cases, the sum of $15 000.01 is considerable: Bertin Denis spent a total $56 311 for Carol Nero and his campaign, almost $ 103 000. The contract with RMG represents 27% and 15% respectively of their total expenditures. In both cases it is the largest outflow of money. Of the 18 Quebec, 14 have paid the same amount Nobody claims that RMG did not work in this sum. The question is to know for whom the work was done: the Conservative Party or local candidates? The Electoral Law prohibits a political party to charge its candidates for election expenses he has himself made. Party and candidates are subject to separate spending limits. The Conservative Party has pleaded guilty last November to charges of electoral fraud precisely because he had used his campaign fund and those of its candidates as communicating vessels during the election of 2005-2006, in effect allowing it to spend more than the legal limit. This practice of “in and out” won the Conservative Party and the Conservative Fund four fines totaling $ 52 000. In 2011, the Conservative Party has not spent the national allowable limit of 21 million. A total of 97 Conservative candidates at the last federal election used the services of RMG to make phone calls, including 18 in Quebec. Quebecers of 18, 14 have paid the same $ 15 000.01. Two others paid $ 15 000, Larry Smith has spent $ 5,000.01 and Michel-Eric Castonguay, in Montmorency-Charlevoix-Haute-Côte-Nord, has paid $ 1,500.01. spokesman for the Conservative Party, Fred DeLory , said that “some local campaigns in Quebec have retained RMG. RMG has made calls to identify supporters and encourage them to vote in the election. ” He adds that “these contracts have been signed and paid by local campaigns.” Some campaigns have confirmed that Le Devoir that had been the case. Martin Lemire, the candidate’s official agent Peter Paul-Hus in Louis-Hébert, explains that the Conservative Party had sent documentation and had held that “it was more profitable than engaging volunteers.” He claims not to have really paid for this service. “We received money from the party and we paid the bill. It was the “in and out”. “He says the data collected by RMG were placed in a national program and the election day, volunteers for Louis-Hébert could use this program to identify supporters and encourage them to vote. Earlier this week, the Toronto Star published the testimony of three former employees of RMG who have made calls for the Conservative Party on May 2 warning voters that their polling station had been moved. The reaction of voters was so negative, because they were returned to the other side of town, one of the employees had told her supervisor, the RCMP and Elections Canada. Employees do not know if the Conservative Party had provided false information deliberately or by mistake. firm RGM was contacted yesterday to determine with whom they had signed contracts (the party or candidates), how the amount charged was established, what was the nature of services offered and if the results of the work had been communicated to local candidates. RMG did not answer, instead leaving the threat of a lawsuit. “We have not contravened the Election Act and have no knowledge that a customer could violate the Elections Act. Internet or print any article that includes any suggestion of our current involvement is defamatory or implied. We will respond to such statements slanderous with all the force of law, “reported the owner of RMG, Stewart Braddick. Mr Braddick is a life-long Conservative, who worked for Brian Mulroney, Mike Harris in Ontario as well as Tom Long and Belinda Stronach when they have tried their luck for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance and Conservative, respectively. Source
IN and Out is illegal. This would be their 4th offense I believe.
The above was translated from French to English.
Tory pollster faces full-blown misconduct probe by industry watchdog
The market research industry’s watchdog is launching a full-blown investigation into a Conservative pollster involved in an alleged misinformation campaign against Liberal MP Irwin Cotler.
Brendan Wycks, executive director of The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, said Tuesday the watchdog has received seven formal complaints of professional misconduct against Campaign Research Inc.
Campaign Research was behind a phone campaign last fall in Cotler’s Montreal riding, in which constitutents complained they were falsely told their MP was about to or had resigned and that a byelection was imminent. Source
Conservative call centre company has checkered legal history in U.S.
Elections Canada records show RMG worked on 97 individual Conservative candidate campaigns in the last election, billing $1.4 million Source
Former Liberal MP Wrzesnewskyj in court over Etobicoke Centre voting irregularities in 2011
Scaring Seniors at the polling station, stealing mail, Ballot boxes went unsealed, records of those who voted were kept inaccurately and ballots wound up in the wrong boxes, Conservatives should be hanging their head in shame. Source
The Prime Minister tries to bluster it all away
This is from a bit earlier : Temper tantrums, Accusations, The conservatives sure were bellowing that day.
Of course today we now know what the opposition was saying is rather accurate.
A little History Lesson
Well they really aren’t the Conservative party they just took it over .
They really have a fondness for changing their name.
Election call tapes being reviewed by Conservatives -Investigators planning to interview staff at call centre
Conservatives should not be anywhere near these tapes. They could tamper with them. But if anything does go missing Canadians will know who is responsible.
Conservative MPs used U.S.-based telemarketers
Calls masked to hide Ohio origins of calls.This after the Conservatives repeated over and over they didn’t use any US companies.What can I say. They were not being truthful.
MP Dean Del Mastro, claimed in the Commons that the Liberals were the only party that used American calling firms.
“We’ve done some checking,” the PM said, and “we’ve only found that it was the Liberal Party that did source its phone calls from the United States.”
But documents show 14 Conservative campaigns enlisted the telephone services of an Ohio company called Front Porch Strategies. Source
There are Money trails from the Conservative to both American Firms.
(RMG) Research Marketing Group works exclusively with right-of-centre campaigns out of Washington, DC and Toronto Canada
Racknine out of Alberta Canada
They do Automated Calls/ Robo calls
Front Porch Strategiesis based out of Columbus, Ohio. Their passion is helping Republican candidates, elected officials, and conservative causes win by personally connecting them with voters and constituents.
All the calls from Ohio to Del Mastro’s riding during the election were programmed to show the telephone number of his local campaign headquarters, masking the fact the phoning was being done from Ohio.
Automated calls can also be done from there as well.
Israel’s Netanyahu may have been welcome by Harper but Canadians do not support war of any kind.
Mustering up reason to go to war and fabricating evidence has been very clear over the past few years.
So in Iraq they had weapons of Mass Destruction. = Lie No WMD’s were found but over a million and half people died.
Saddam threw babies out of incubators onto the floor =Lie Turns out the video was shot in a studio somewhere.
Libya Human Right Violations = Lie Seems the Rebel of those who are now in charge of the country were Terrorists and have committed massive Human rights violations, Mass murders, War Crimes and they were the protesters who doing the killing.They even fabricated a video of a babysitter who said she was abused. That to was a fabrication.
Syria same as Libya =Lie
Now off to Iran I think not. They will fabricate any kind of evidence to convince people, but do not fall for the lies.
March 4th Additions
Vancouver demonstrators protest robocall scandal
Elections Canada is investigating more than 31,000 report
9 BC riding have been afffected
- Burnaby-New Westminster.
- New Westminster-Coquitlam.
- North Vancouver.
- Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission.
- Prince George-Peace River.
- Saanich-Gulf Islands.
- Vancouver Quadra.
- Vancouver South.
Protesters are also collected signatures for a petition calling for a public inquiry into the robocall scandal. As of Saturday morning, more than 37,000 signatures had been collected.
Veterans consider suing MP accused of dozing off
March 5 2012
Calgary Conservative MP Rob Anders is accused of sleeping on the job.
Veterans attending a veterans affairs committee meeting last week said Rob Anders fell asleep at the meeting.
The Conservative MP has denied the reports and suggested those who accused him were NDP “hacks” who praised Russian strongman Vladimir Putin during the meeting.
Seems he was also texting insetad of paying attention as well.
Apparently he falls asleep a lot. This is not the first time.
The meeting was extremely important, as it was about homeless Veterans in Canada. There are approximately 1,000.
Be sure to watch the video. Source
Veterans Emergency Transition Service
Canada now like the US, is not taking care of their war veterans.
Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott Is doing as well as the others blaming anyone and everyone.
What is the National Register of Electors and how is it updated?
The Register contains basic information about each person (name, sex, date of birth, address) Phone numbers are not collected by Elections Canada Source
Be sure to keep a copy of what you send to them in your files.
Anything can be deleted you know.
Computers can have problems and things can be lost.
Or you could mail them your complaint. Again keep a copy for your files.
I would also have a witness to the fact you did send a copy of your report.
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