Even while Canada's Prime Ministerposes for photos with Israel's Netayanu in Ottawa Friday, the growing public outrage over misleading and abusive phone calls to Liberal and NDP ridings continues to swell as more and more complaints are filed with the RCMP and Elections Canada.
The robocall scandal has so far brought in 31,000 complaints from Canadians who received phone calls which CBC.com has traced to a disposable phone and one Mr. Pierre Poutine of Separatist Lane, Quebec. The same article also reports that the calls were made through the call center Racknine; in an email to CBC.com, Racknine CEO Matt Meier denied working directly with the Conservative Party.
In what is already touted as the Canadian equivalent to Watergate, the Liberal Party has accused the Conservative Party of affecting the outcome of last May's election in their own favour by sending thousands of people (all registered as non-Conservatives) to voting locations that didn't exist, according to another report from CBC.com. Some of these calls were allegedly 'robocalls,' which were automated instructions that told people that their voting location had been changed, sending them on a wild goose chase across town to strange locations.
According to the National Post:
"The Tories have been left red-faced after an attempt on Thursday to blame the Liberal party for suspicious robocalls from a U.S. call centre backfired.
The embarrassing blunder comes as Elections Canada confirmed it has received 31,000 complaints from Canadians about robocalls during the election.
“This is an absolutely unprecedented situation. We’re in uncharted waters,” said interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, in reference to the robocalls complaints, on Friday. “We’ve never seen anything like this.”
Rallies across the nation will be held beginning Sat. March 3 in Vancouver, followed by a rally in Ottawa on Monday and a National Day of Action on Sunday March 11th. More protests will likely spring up as the week progresses and as more and more people come forward.
"Canadians have been expressing their outrage and making an impact on the debate by using social media like Facebook and Twitter for the past week, and now it's time to come together in the streets," said Sarah Beuhler, one of the rally's organizers. "Elections Canada needs to have the power to investigate this matter fully and call new elections in every riding where these calls were placed." rabble.ca
Adding insult to injury appears to be the modus operandi of this Conservative government which has been operating as a majority since last May and has already raised the ire and concern of Canadians with numerous attacks upon the freedom of speech and civil rights of Canadians. Along with stories of scientists being 'muzzled' and the recent assault upon privacy by Vic Toews with his 'online sying bill,' it appears that Harper and his cronies have done a great job so far - of alienating and angering the Canadian public. The nation that is known for its tolerance and 'politeness' is on the verge of what looks to become a Canadian Spring - and if there is one thing about Canadians that I know personally is this - when it comes to Spring we all go a little bit mad so Harper and his Cons are in danger of finding themselves on the trash pile waiting to be thrown to the gutter with the rest of the spring clean-up!
Correction, 3-6-12: This article erroneously cited PrimeContact as the source of the fraudulent phone calls and stated that the company was affiliated with the Conservative Party. We apologize for the error.