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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Election improprieties

(Cross-posted from Burkean Canuck).
It's being alleged in that northern Saskatchewan riding formerly held by Jeremy Harrison that there has been, um, bloc voting in three polls such that every last voter registered in those polls voted Liberal.

Story developing . . .

Posted by Russ Kuykendall on January 24, 2006 in Canadian Politics | Permalink


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Gee why wouldn't that surprise me! Let us see:

a. voter registration problems in Annie's old riding;
b. bribes offered to opposing candidates to throw the election in BC;
c. use of public funds to pay for liberal campaigns in Quebec (number of ridings not known);
d. elections canada giving out hundreds of thousands of ballots for 'distribution' via post-secondary student unions (I challenge anyone to find a more left-group of people in the country, including Toronto).

Yup, why not bloc voting.

Ed the Hun

Posted by: EdtheHun | 2006-01-24 7:26:46 PM

We're lucky each voter voted only once.

Posted by: Muttering In Manitoba | 2006-01-24 9:52:20 PM

Actually, in Northern Saskatchewan (I've been there) I can see how one particular poll (box) might containe just one family's vote. I'm not sure this one's gonna get off the ground, but it'll sure be a load if it does.

Posted by: EBD | 2006-01-24 10:09:48 PM

How about the fact that a voter card sent in the mail and a piece of I.D. gets you a vote. They were sent to everyone who filed a tax return.I deliver the mail to a housing project in Calgary that is heavily loaded with new Canadians.They are by far good people,but there is language problems.They don't realize that they have to have obtained citizenship to vote. If there was a population with a large immigrant population who thought they could vote,let's say'oh maybe Toronto.What is the possibilty that more than a few votes favoured the party that courted them?

Posted by: wallyj | 2006-01-24 10:12:04 PM

I worked on the conservative campaign riding in Victoria and one of the volunteers caught an oriental person trying to stuff a ballot box. He had voter cards for some 20 people and he wanted to vote on behalf of all of them for the Liberal party. The elections Canada official was going to cave but the volunteer intervened. I can see boxes getting stuffed easily.

Posted by: Andrew | 2006-01-24 11:07:05 PM

This is no surprise! The Deputy P.M. cheated in her own riding in 2004, as mentioned by ed the hun, that would have just been normal behavior for that group of people - the Liberanos. The entire CBC staff looked way too smug all day on voting day. I hope Jeremy turns this upside down. Jeremy is an EXCELLENT M.P. , everything shouls be done to help him and return him to the House of Commons. A weasel (Liberano) does not change their ways because they think they might loose!! Notice Screetchers results this time - she was being watched thanks to Kate at sda. This whole election might be a sham. The Conservatives probably won 170 seats.

Posted by: jema54j | 2006-01-24 11:17:23 PM

Thanks, "Andrew". It's hard to find a badly done, pseudonymous brick-through-the-window these days.

Posted by: EBD | 2006-01-24 11:55:53 PM

Andrew is my legal name. There, I've posted my e-mail address. If you can put two and two together you can probably figure out my last name and you'd be surprised to find out that I do in fact exist. I was a registered volunteer in this past election and that story is true.

Posted by: Andrew | 2006-01-25 12:37:02 AM

If it's true, why is it a story?

Posted by: EBD | 2006-01-25 1:11:05 AM

By definition a story is the recount of events whether fictitious or factual. I am using in the factual sense. I believe you should consult your uncle Webster before sticking your head out onto the chopping block.

Posted by: Andrew | 2006-01-25 1:25:37 AM


The information coming from the field is still being assessed and the initial reports appear to be best sumarized on Small Dead Animals
http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/archives/003429.html :

"Update: Jeremy Harrison is on radio right now over the results in the northern riding of Desnethe - Missinippi - Churchill River

- He was ahead by 200 votes until the last ballot box came in and lo and behold - it had 300 votes for the LIberals. That poll that put Liberal candidate over the top did not came in until 3 hours after the polls had closed
- some reserves had over 100% turnout
- there was campaign literature in the polling stations, and polling booths
- Liberal threats to aboriginal voters that they would not recieve cheques
There is going to be an official request for an investigation.

more: Advance Poll irregularities: poll clerks who refused to allow secret votes, who accompanied voters into the booths.

Footnote: I heard a report last night that the NDP brought a busload of students into a rural poll in Vanscoy [in Desnethe - Missinippi - Churchill River] and had them all signed in to vote.

Request: Can someone forward the poll results from Desnethe - Missinippi - Churchill River including (a) the number and (b) the sequences of which polls were tabulated first and how the final poll broke so dramatically from a pattern that had remained fairly consistant all evening, perhaps we can shed more light on this."

Posted by: Chris from Victoria, BC | 2006-01-25 1:55:02 AM

Jeepers, Andrew, one minute you are a Conservative voter speaking up, the next you are a reiterating, unaccountable brick-through-the-window stereotyping the right.

I don't know WHAT to think.

Posted by: EBD | 2006-01-25 2:01:37 AM

Looking at my lame attempt at humour (second comment) this morning, I now think it was inappropriate. We should not be impugning our voting system unless there is actual evidence that irregularities occurred.

Posted by: Muttering In Manitoba | 2006-01-25 7:19:01 AM

I was delighted, on election day, to see a pickup truck full of Anne McLellan's signs, carefully arrayed for clear viewing, across the street from the polling station. So thoughtful of some zealous campaign worker! It seems the only thing the Liberals know about "conscience" is that it's between "bribery" and "deceit" in a dictionary.

Posted by: John Zebedee | 2006-01-25 12:35:49 PM

Not surprising! Richmond county Nova Scotia consistently achieves over 100% voter registration when compared to the census population. That is extremely tough to do with a declining population in rural area. By comparison the surrounding rural counties have a more normal voter registration of about 90% of the possible eligible voters. Yes. It elects Libranos.

Posted by: Ian Bailey | 2006-01-25 3:28:25 PM

I did not get a voters card in the mail. I have filed a tax return for the last 20 some years...I voted in the last federal election, and the last provincial election...I have lived in the same house for nearly 5 years...I wasn't even on the voters list at the polling station...can't understand how non-Canadians could get voters cards...

Posted by: MarkAlta | 2006-01-25 11:44:28 PM

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