1)After the last federal election the 2nd of May, judicial recounts were made in some close ridings. Why did people who had those calls did not mentioned this to Elections Canada? Why ask ten months later when »thousands » of these calls were made?
Is this a proof that even with the possible illegality of this action, very few people were actually really influenced by those calls?
Also, even through some stories had talked briefly about robocalls, why this story was not considered that important at that time? Was this story not sexy enough then?
2)As compared to previous general elections, how many complaints did Elections Canada get, especially with phone calls to voters? Many journalists don’t understand then anybody could fabricate hearsay to make their story more appealing for their side. I cannot understand how any respectable journalist could use hearsay to say, for example, robocalls were made to X number of ridings without having any WRITTEN proof especially in the weeks following the incident.
And to be frank with you, if I was a loser of a close contest last election, I would sex up my story to have some airtime.
How many of those are in marginals between parties other than the Tories? Are written complaints were done against other parties also especially in close races?
3)What could be the difference between calls which were efforts to »Go Get the Vote » and robocall calls which were really fraud? I sometimes myself receive weird »robolike » calls and I am not always sure with this is before I hang up.
Also, could some specific cases be actually because of somebody at Elections Canada who have done a mistake. I remember reading that each election some dead people and non-citizen have voting cards when they are not supposed to vote.
With this logic (and Elections Canada is far from being perfect as any organization organized such a large-scale event) and with thousands of voting places, I find it normal that in some exceptional cases there could be a change in a polling station at the last minute and phoning could be one of the only solutions as a last resort.
Talking about Guelph, was this riding problematic from week two (or three) of the campaign because one university advance polling office was actually with visible electoral advertising which is a violation of electoral law? This story lasted for about six hours before being tossed out.
Weird that this was not enough to force a by-election because of the fact that some voters in some advance polling stations were influenced by electoral advertising? In the UK or France, some by-elections are only done because some irregularities were done for example with postal voting.
And yes, some journalists are naive on the fact that dirty tricks (with or without money involved) are something used by all parties in conjunction with the process of getting out the vote. It’s not difficult to see those kinds of tricks as a humble spectator on election day. In the future, will this means that offering transport by party volunteers will be illegal as a way to get out the vote?
Sometimes, unfortunately, I find that some events are sometimes »journalistic keynesianism » done to sell papers or viewership on a slow news day. I am not saying at all that this robocall scandal is not important to cover, but I find that for journalists some scandals are much more important then others. And yes, especially before the federal/provincial/municipal budgets (and during a slow time for businesses because Tim Hortons have their famour Roll up the rim promotion this time of the year), nothing is really going on to keep journalists occupied especially at the national level. But again, I tend to believe that the quality control is more present at the federal then at the provincial level (except maybe in Quebec) because honestly some provincial governments are doing right now anything without the having the media minding about them.
For example, am I the only one to see that some governments (whatever they are federal, provincial or municipal) tend to have a free pass more then others in some cases whatever they are actually doing? I will probably blog about this soon.