Monday, October 13, 2008

Election Eve...and the Conservatives provide plenty of motivation to get out the vote

A Conservative candidate in Toronto has been found to have engaged in "clearly defamatory" campaigning by lying about Borys Wrzesnewskyj's attendance record in Ottawa. What a profile in courage this Conservative is. At this point, do we really need any more evidence of the disrespect for democracy that these Conservatives have?
Ontario Superior Court Justice George Strathy ruled Sunday that Tory hopeful Axel Kuhn and his staff must stop publishing and distributing a brochure that makes false claims about Borys Wrzesnewskyj.

Splashed with the headline "Where is Etobicoke Centre MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj?" in bold, red letters, the flyer claims the Grit candidate has skipped key votes and dozens of parliamentary committee meetings, all while collecting his annual salary of $155,400.

But Wrzesnewskyj said his 79 per cent voting record is one of the highest in the House of Commons and that he's not a full-time member of any of the six committees listed in the brochure.

He said he attended 89 per cent of meetings for the public accounts committee - the only one he is a member of - which was left off the leaflet.

One of the committees listed on the pamphlet doesn't even exist, he said.

"They were trying to do a real number on me right before the vote," Wrzesnewskyj said Monday.

"The damage has been done. Is it irreparable? I don't know."

In his ruling, the judge wrote that the words on Kuhn's flyer are "clearly defamatory."
How American in its orientation, the typical U.S. style attack on voting records. Do they know what country they're in?

Par for the course, the cowardly Conservative candidate, hiding like the Conservatives throughout the nation who have refused to participate in all-candidates meetings, refused to acknowledge the judicial proceedings:
The judge wrote that several attempts were made to contact Kuhn, who did not appear, or have a representative present, during proceedings.

Kuhn's campaign office did not return messages left Monday by The Canadian Press.

The Conservative's Ottawa war room did not immediately comment on the contents of the brochure.
It is hard to believe that Ontario voters will reward such efforts. Think long and hard voters, this is what you get when you vote for Stephen Harper's Conservatives. Rule of law? They laugh.

Nanos has the Liberals marginally ahead in Ontario going into tomorrow's vote, all of the pollsters in the last few days have shown volatility in Ontario, notably in the 905 ridings and some of the 519's. Strategic voting in those ridings like Oakville, Burlington and Halton could truly make a difference. They've fluctuated from leaning Conservative, to too close to call all over the last few days. Make no mistake, Harper is looking to Ontario for his majority:
Following a Tory collapse in Quebec, Battleground Ontario appeared to be shaping up as the most valuable real estate in the election. Close races and numerous three-way vote splits had pollsters and pundits at odds on how the province's 106 seats would shake out.
Time to get the vote out and turf these ethically challenged, undeserving Conservatives.