Robocalls Fraud Federal Court Challenge: Council of Canadians Needs Our Support

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Robocalls Fraud Federal Court Challenge: Council of Canadians Needs Our Support

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By: Obert Madondo The Canadian Progressive:

I’m pleased to publish and share with you the letter below, from Maude Barlow (pictured), the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, regarding the ongoing robocalls election fraud case currently before the Federal Court. The Council of Canadians is backing nine residents who have filed a legal challenge asking the courts to set aside the results in seven of the more than 40 ridings affected by robocalls during the May 2011 federal election.

Tthousands of Canadians were robbed of their voter and democratic rights through robocalls and other U.S.-style voter suppression methods. These misleading and harassing tactics kept scores of Canadians from voting. They handed Stephen Harper and the Conservatives an undeserved majority government.

But, instead of allowing the courts to hear the “disturbing and compelling” evidence and legally recover voters’ stolen democratic rights, the Conservatives are resorting to politicking and dirty tactics. So far the tactics include: delaying the cases to drive up legal costs; undermining the judiciary process, attacking Barlow’s reputation and propaganda.

Yesterday, the Federal Court heard a motion by the Conservative Party of Canada to dismiss the legal challenge. Arthur Hamilton, the lawyer for the Conservatives told the Federal Court that “the cases were filed too late” and that “voter suppression is as old as the hills.” Really!

Maude Barlow’s letter:

Dear Council of Canadians supporter,

“Voter suppression is as old as the hills.”

Yesterday, Arthur Hamilton, lawyer for the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC), uttered these very words in Federal Court.

He said this while arguing the CPC’s shocking motion to have the legal actions contesting the outcome of the May 2011 election in the robocall scandal thrown out – before the Federal Court has an opportunity to consider the powerful evidence of widespread fraud that has already been filed with the court!

It may come as news to the seven Conservative MPs who won those elections, that never in our country’s history has there been evidence of a widespread, deliberate, targeted and effective campaign of voter suppression.

As Prothonotary (Judicial Officer of the Federal Court) Martha Milczynski said in response to Mr Hamilton, “This is unchartered territory, these allegations of voter suppression.”

Friends, this underscores precisely the magnitude and importance of the legal actions brought by brave Canadians in the seven ridings at issue.

I was there yesterday and let me tell you, I felt your presence and support, and that of everyone else in this country who believes in defending democracy, there with me in that courtroom.

Remember, these legal actions are the only means through which election results affected by robocalls and other voter suppression tactics can be overturned and voters’ democratic rights legally restored.[1][2]

Contrary to Mr Hamilton’s assertion yesterday that “the only people in jeopardy here are the parliamentarians”, it is the entire Canadian electorate – and the integrity of our very democracy – that are in jeopardy.

We are very hopeful that in the coming days the Federal Court will dismiss the CPC motions so that these critically important legal cases can be heard without further delay.

These cases are strong and the evidence of widespread voter fraud is disturbing and compelling.

Yesterday was a step towards justice and I thank you so much for your continuing support. Generous public contributions toThe Democracy 24-7 Legal Fund are the reason why these landmark cases are now before the Federal Court.

Stay tuned…we will keep you posted! And remember, you can always visit www.canadians.org/election to learn more and stay informed.

With continuing hope and resolve,

Maude Barlow, National Chairperson

PS – These crucial legal actions are funded entirely from donations by ordinary people like you who believe election fraud cannot be tolerated. Conservative Party lawyers are driving court costs up and more donations are urgently needed for the Federal Court hearing this fall. Your donation of $24, $247 or whatever you can afford will directly help these legal actions and the restoration of Canadian democracy. Click here to donate to the Democracy 24-7 Legal Fund now!

Donations can be mailed to: The Council of Canadians, 700-170 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 5V5 Memo: Democracy 24-7 Phone: 1-800-387-7177 x233

Help spread the word! Forward this email on to family and friends. Share the link to the Council’s election fraud webpage (www.canadians.org/democracy247) on Facebook and tweet why this is important to you using the hashtag #Democracy247.

Sources:

[1] Article 524 of the Canada Elections Act

[2] Article 527 of the Canada Elections Act

The Council of Canadians does not accept government, corporate or political contributions. Our work is sustained by the volunteer energy and generosity of concerned individuals like you. Due to our strong advocacy role, the Canadian government does not consider the work of the Council of Canadians to be charitable in nature, so we cannot issue tax receipts for donations.

 Robocalls Fraud Federal Court Challenge: Council of Canadians Needs Our Support
Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based independent journalist, progressive political blogger, and activist. He’s the publisher and editor of The Canadian Progressive blog.
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