Reprinted by request
This week we’ve seen mounting evidence of widespread fraud in the 2011 election. Now we need your help to find people who were directly affected, and lay the groundwork for possible new elections.
Did you or anyone you know get a misleading phone call or see signs of corruption, irregularities or fraud in your riding? OR would you like to find out more about challenging the result in your riding?
Over the last week we have seen mounting evidence of systematic fraud in the 2011 election.[1-4] Now we need to learn the whole truth. You are one of the nearly 35,000 Canadians who have already taken action to protect our democracy. Together we can form a powerful fact-finding network, and lay the groundwork for possible new elections in the affected ridings.
Canadians’ confidence in the fairness and legitimacy of the last election has been deeply shaken. The news keeps getting worse. Call center employees have reported they were instructed to send misleading messages seemingly designed to stop non-Conservatives from voting. As the list of potentially affected individuals and ridings continues to grow, the NDP, Liberals and Greens have called for full investigations in all affected ridings.[3,5] In response, the Conservative government has dismissed allegations of systematic election fraud as a mere “smear campaign”.
We need to help find the truth about what happened in the last election and use this knowledge to choose the best ways to restore the integrity of our democracy.
When this story broke last week, it started a 30-day count-down to begin court proceedings that could lead to new elections in the affected ridings. Our strategy may include legal challenges in these ridings.
Were you, or was anyone you know, the target of any voter suppression tactics, or do you have any information about electoral fraud in your riding? OR, would you like to learn more about how you could challenge the result in your riding?
The alleged scale of this election fraud is unprecedented in Canadian history. Allegations have now surfaced in over 50 ridings.
The Canada Elections Act provides a powerful avenue for challenging election fraud. In any riding, both eligible voters and candidates can apply to the courts to contest the election in that riding on the grounds that there were “irregularities, fraud or corrupt or illegal practices that affected the result of the election.” According to the Act, this must occur within 30 days of the applicant first knowing of the alleged election offences.
In most ridings, this could mean that fact-finding and application to the courts would have to be completed by the 23rd of March, 30 days after the reports of voter suppression emerged last Wednesday. That’s why it’s urgent that we learn as much as we can now to prepare for possible challenges in the affected ridings.
If you, or anyone you know, were the target of voter suppression tactics, or if you would consider being part of an effort to challenge the results in your riding, please click here to find a page where you can tell us what you know:
Together, we will keep building pressure for full, independent and public investigations leading to real consequences for election fraud, including possible new elections, and a public inquiry to expose the whole truth about the 2011 federal election.
With hope and respect,
Matthew, Anna, Jamie, Amara, Gracen, Ryan, Adam and the Leadnow team and volunteers.
P.S. We need your help to quickly find people who were affected by the election fraud. Please forward this message far and wide, and click here to share this note on Facebook.
1. List of allegedly affected ridings grows to 57 (National Post)
2. Call centre employees come forward (National Post)
3. List of affected individuals grows (CBC)
4. Official investigation spreads to Thunder Bay (CBC)
5. Opposition parties want full investigation (Calgary Herald)
6. Harper dismisses scandal (Globe and Mail)
7. Canada Elections Act, 524(1) (Dept. of Justice)
8. Unprecedented scandal allegations (Ottawa Citizen)
9. Voter suppression scandal arguably worse than sponsorship scandal (Sun News)
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