I’ve been surprised by real-life reaction to the robocall story, I’ve expected the high level of interest online, but not this being a topic of conversation among friends. Most people I see day to day don’t spend much time talking about politics, this growing scandal has become the exception. And I am pleasantly surprised to see friends from all political walks of life spitting tacks. The anger is coming from Conservatives friends and neighbours, NDP, Green, Liberals and uncommitted.
Like friends and family I’m angry. Really angry to be honest. I don’t want this anger wasted, and I don’t know what that looks like yet. As this continues to unfold the waters are going to be very muddied, and I hope voters can channel this anger into productive change – and justice.
Bloggers have been all over voter suppression for some time. One of the better sites (which has livened my real life conversations) is The Sixth Estate. Hoax Phone Calls Reported in 42 Ridings.
Andrew Coyne is worth a read. All to plausible to think the Conservatives are involved in the robocall scandal
It is hard to overstate how serious this is. It doesn’t matter whether the calls had their intended effect. It is sufficient that someone made them. If it were just the circumstances, or just their track record, the Conservatives might be given the benefit of the doubt. But the two together, while they do not prove anyone in the party was involved, make it all too plausible to believe they were. Indeed, it would be more surprising to find they weren’t.
Update: Kady O’Malley has a list of polling stations (via Elections Canada) moved before voting day and a list of Conservative candidates who used the call centre RMG.