Thursday, 30 May 2013


Dan Gardner has an excellent question:

Let's turn our tiny, distractible minds away from the Senate train-wreck and the escalating Ford fuck-up.

The Contempt Party of Canada cheated to win its 'strong, stable majority'.

And doesn't seem the least bit concerned that their own database was used to commit fraud.

Asked about the database breach, Conservative Party spokesman Fred DeLorey said: “We take security very seriously.”

He refused, however, to elaborate on the CIMS’ safeguards. Sources have told HuffPost, however, that the CIMS’ safeguards include passwords for need-to-know access and tracking of individual accounts.
Chris Selley:
The Federal Court refused to overturn any election results from 2011 because the onus of proof was on the plaintiffs to prove that an actual outcome was altered. And the plaintiffs, quite honestly, did a sorry job of this. But the court did affirm that election fraud had taken place, fraud almost certainly perpetrated by someone having access to the Conservative CIMS (Constituent Information Management System) database. Moreover, Justice Richard Mosley castigated the Conservative MPs defending the suit for attempting to “block these proceedings by any means” and making “transparent attempts to derail this case.” He actually used the phrase “trench warfare” to characterize their attitude.

The Tories don’t seem too worried that CIMS has been compromised, which would be their single worst election-readiness nightmare not involving an alien attack or dirty bombs. They are not even pretending to tell us how they intend to guarantee that this sort of election fraud will never happen again. The general attitude of their defenders outside caucus seems to be, “Ha ha, we introduced a horrifying dirty-tricks virus into Canadian politics and got away with it.” But, sure: ain’t that Senate terrible?
Yo! Fucking Useless Opposition®! THIS is the issue.

And FFS, stop calling it Robocall.


Anonymous said...

The main issue is with the Conservative CIMS database. I think the fact that this is, technically, a party issue prevents the opposition from asking questions in Parliament.

This electoral fraud will have to be pursued through other means, such as - um, what do you call it? - oh yeah, journalism.

Beijing York said...

How convenient that a list of fines are being levied against a host of characters across three parties, as well as our buddies at Racknine, for failing to identify who these pre-recorded voices were calling on behalf. The juxtaposition of two news stories serves to muddy up the severity of the court ruling country-wide electoral fraud and attempted vote suppression.

And you have to be pretty obtuse not to draw the circumstantial conclusion that it was an inside job from the very highest (i.e. not Michael Sona) level. You don't obstruct the process if you know it's an outsider or rogue insider that pulled the fraud off.

Godel Noodle said...

Asked about the database breach, Conservative Party spokesman Fred DeLorey said: “We take security very seriously.”

If they "take it very seriously," that leaves two options:

1. They're incompetent and there was a breech, despite all their alleged seriousness.

2. This use of the database was fully authorized.

It probably would have actually been better for Fred to have said, "This was a wake-up call. All of our other systems were very secure, but I'm ashamed to admit we left CIMS wide open--not realizing at the time how it could be abused. Rest assured, we have learned from our mistake and locked up that database, tight as a drum."

fern hill said...

BY: Yes, convenient timing for those CRTC fines, NOT all of which were equivalent in seriousness, BTW.

GN: Your advice is perfect. That Fred didn't say that speaks to the contempt the party holds us all in.

Derek Birch said...

The folks at have a great plan to bring accountability and awareness to the robocall scandal. They want to inundate everyone who has the ability to do something about the robocall scandal, but isn’t, with robocalls. They plan to continue relentlessly until each one of these people come forward and publicly speak about what they are doing about it.

Please help them, I am. Watch this video, donate if you can, and please share it widely. They can’t do it without you.

fern hill said...

Derek: I've heard of that. Deliciously evil. :D

Here's the link for the YouTube.

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