Thanks to the still-imploding Conservatives robocalls scandal, the end of the age of innocence in Canadian politics has begun. The scandal is being described in the kind of terms common in authoritarian countries.
During the May 2011 Federal Election, Canadian voters were “disenfranchised”, misdirected, “cheated”. “Election fraud” occurred. Unflattering terms such as “sleaze”, “electoral scam” and “ballot-box tempering” have also joined the vocabulary.
In the meantime, Conservative-affiliated firms are moving to the centre of the scandal. We now know that some of the callers explicitly identified with the Conservative Party of Canada. Still others impersonated Elections Canada.
Finally, the Royal Canada Mounted Police (RCMP), our national police force, is investigating. So is Elections Canada.