Tuesday, February 28, 2012

RCMP on the robocalls case

The lead story on the CTV national news last night was this: "RCMP investigates voter fraud allegations." Interesting video report at the link where, among other things, a friend of former Conservative staffer Michael Sona is quoted.

Yesterday Postmedia had details on a search warrant issued in November requiring production of various records from RackNine, the Edmonton call centre used in respect of Guelph campaign calls:
Here is some of the text from the court order executed on RackNine:

That a person or persons unknown, on May 2, 2011, at or near the City of Guelph and elsewhere in the Province of Ontario, did wilfully prevent or endeavour to prevent an elector from voting in an election contrary to paragraph 281 (g) of the Canada Elections Act;

And by so doing committed an offence contrary to paragraph 491 (3) (d) of the Canada Elections Act, S.C. 2000, c.9 as amended;

AND

That a person or persons unknown, on May 2, 2011, at or near the City of Guelph and elsewhere in the Province of Ontario, did, by pretence or contrivance, induce or attempt to induce persons to vote or refrain from voting or to vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate and by so doing committed an offence contrary to paragraph 482 (b) of the Canada Elections Act, S.C. 2000, c.9 as amended.
If you're interested in more on the legalities, there is a good piece in the Citizen which gives some perspective on possible offences, further to what the warrant excerpt above sets out: "Allegations unprecedented, ex-elections chief says."

And if you're interested in following the Conservative spin, there are unnamed sources available again today with their latest.

Update: BCL is linking to the CTV report as well this morning.