The term “robocall” reminds the majority of Canadians of the robocalls election fraud perpetrated during the May 2011 federal election. The robocalls and related U.S.-style voter suppression methods robbed thousands of Canadians of their voter rights. Canadians have since registered more 1,394 robocalls complaints in 234 ridings across the country with Elections Canada, the “independent” and “non-partisan” agency we’ve trusted with the responsibility of conducting free and fair federal elections and referendums.
So, if you thought Canadian politicians would take it easy with robocalls, you’re mistaken.
Case in point: beleagured Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s barbecue, held at his mother’s backyard in Etobicoke last Friday. A day earlier, Councillor Doug Ford, the mayor’s brother, dispatched a robocall message inviting the whole world to the event.
I’d like you to join my family and me tomorrow at our annual backyard barbecue, Ford Fest,” the robocall message said. “It’s going to be a fun-filled evening with live music, dancing, barbecue and lots of beverages.
The Fords had already invited the whole country to the event through this open invitation posted to Ford’s Facebook page and Twitter account.
Seriously, what’s up with Conservatives and the need to be surrounded by crowds and appreciated even when they’re doing a lousy job?
Rob Ford currently faces a conflict of interest case that threatens to eject him from office. A couple of months ago, Our Ford posed in a photo with Jon Latvis, a member of the neo-Nazi band RAHOWA (Racial Holy War).
Last week, Rob Ford’s niece, Krista, a former captain of Toronto’s short-lived lingerie football team, insulted us all when she “advised” women to avoid sexual assault by adopting these measures: “Stay alert, walk tall, carry mace, take self-defence classes & don’t dress like a whore.” Aaaagh!
A little while back, Ford’s fellow Conservative and immigrant-bashing minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Jason Kenney had his own “thank me” thing going on. The Calgary South East MP posted a petition on his website - jasonkenney.ca - asking Canadians to thank him for a job well done: cutting health benefits to refugee claimants.
The petition’s exact words: “We, the undersigned, thank Jason Kenney for his efforts to streamline benefits afforded to refugees claimants under the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) and bring them in line with the benefits received by tax-paying Canadians, including new Canadians.”
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