Like lots of other folks out here on the Western edge of Lotusland, I wrote extensively about the misdirection calls that were targetted at progressive types that would most likely have voted against the conservative, Gary Lunn, in the riding of 'Saanich and the Islands' during the federal election of 2008.
In fact, after following this forward through 2011 and beyond, I came to view this 2008 conning of the progressives in Saanich to be essentially 'ground zero' in the Robo-Real Call-based assault on Canada's democratic process.
And I never understood why, after complaints had been filed with the Saanich police, the RCMP and Elections-Canada, that the investigation was suddenly halted (which, of course, likely only served to embolden any and all future 'potential' perpetrators).
It turns out that, while Elections Canada determined that calls misdirecting progressives to a no-longer existent NDP candidate (and therefore, 'potentially', away from Mr. Lunn's closest challenger Liberal/Greeniac Briony Penn), they decided it wasn't worth pursuing because they they couldn't demonstrate that an actual voter was actually, for absolutely for absolute crystal-clear sure, misled.
Which, in my view at least, was an egregious dereliction of duty on the part of Elections Canada given the demonstrable fraud involved, regardless.
Leaving that aside for the moment....
In the latest revelations that voters contacted Elections-Canada from all over the country immediately before and after the 2011 election complaining that they had received misleading calls directing them to non-existent and/or the wrong polling stations, it turns out that there was at least one single, solitary voter who has stated, for absolute sure, that one such call led her NOT to cast her ballot.
Following up on more fine work from the McMaher duo from Postmedia, the CP's Jennifer Ditchburn has this specific part of the story:
...Despite being told to go to the wrong place to vote, most of the hundreds of people detailed in the (latest) court documents ignored the misleading messages and calls and went to the right place.
Still, at least one voter in Calgary North Centre said the location she was told to go to was too far away, and so she did not cast a ballot...
It would appear that the 'no harm/no foul' excuses from E-Canada will no longer wash.
Which, in my opinion, means that the time has come to see some real legal action move forward immediately.