You’ve got to be kidding me. It’s almost like self-parody.
Court documents show a cellphone in the robocalls affair was registered to Pierre Poutine of Separatist Street in Joliette, Que.
Elections Canada’s chief investigator says the clearly fake name was likely used to cover the tracks of whoever was behind the misleading and harassing phone calls to voters in Guelph, Ont., during the last federal election campaign.
Voters in Guelph reported getting calls from a phone number with a 450 area code directing them to the wrong polling station. Elections Canada investigator Al Mathews obtained phone records showing the number behind the Guelph calls was the same one registered to “Pierre Poutine.”
“I think it is reasonable to believe that some sort of consumer relationship existed between the Marty Burke Conservative campaign in Guelph for the 41st general election and RackNine Inc., or between certain Burke campaign workers and RackNine Inc.,” Mathews concludes. He also suggests the relationship was related to the misleading calls made to Guelph area electors, “which they perceived as coming from the phone number 450-760-7746.”
RackNine has confirmed someone used its automated dialling service to make the phoney calls. The company insists it did nothing wrong and that it is helping Elections Canada and the police in their investigation.
It’s like these Conservatives knew someone would backtrack on them, and they just had to thumb their noses. They are, of course, denying everything, which is SOP for the CPC when it comes to the dirty tricks they’ve been engaging in nation-wide in order to steal an election that might otherwise have been theirs regardless.
Let it be known that the Conservatives wanted their majority government so badly they were willing to steal this past election, regardless of whether they needed to or not. They wanted their majority government so badly, so they could tear the country apart, that they were willing to lie, cheat and steal. One would think that alone would disqualify them from power. But sadly, now that they HAVE power, nothing short of civil war or a rogue Governor General would break their party before their four years are up. (And yes, this also means the fixed election dates promise is very likely scuttled.)
I’ve heaped all sorts of acrimony on those who didn’t vote this past election, but it might not have been merited in every case, because the blackguards running this country were willing to cheat to get power. We don’t know what percentage of the electorate was dissuaded from voting by being fed misinformation by robocalls by Pierre Poutine of Seperatist Street, and other such cheating by the Tories. And while it’s pretty damned obvious there’s no such person as this Pierre Poutine, it’s also obvious how much disdain the folks responsible for this underhanded scheme have for Canadian culture in general, not only by virtue of the name and street address of this fictional character, but by even pulling such crooked tactics to begin with.
Yes, poutine is good. Dirty tricks co-opting the good name of poutine is bad. And dirty tricks that subvert democracy in the name of bending a country to the will of a very tiny fraction of the populace is very bad. Very bad indeed.