Stephen Harper’s continuing electile dysfunction
Let’s be blunt. When it comes to the Robocalls voter suppression scandal, Canadians are not buying the “lone gunman” theory.
So when Elections Canada and the chief federal prosecutor laid a solitary, singular Elections Act charge against shitcanned Guelph Tory campaign droid-turned-federal-Tory parliamentary flunkey, Michael Sona, the acerbic pundits here at LOON weren’t the only voices to join the hue and cry of indignant electors screaming “Warren Commission cover-up!” and “Oswald is a patsy!”
For starters, the sporadic dribble of public information that has percolated into the laptops and mobile devices of Canadians since the Robocalls shit first hit the media fan even before the polls closed on Election Day 2011 has been consistent in highlighting the logical if not physical impossibility of one person having had the capacity, prowess, or rank needed to pull off such a large-scale fraud.
Think about it. Thousands of calls programmed to reach voters in the Guelph riding sought by Tory candidate Marty Burke in unison. Sent from a centralized agency in Calgary hired by the Tory campaign and using the same faked pre-recorded “Elections Canada” spokesperson to mislead non-Burke voters into going to a non-existent voting location miles from the genuine article.
Shenanigans orchestrated from well above Mr. Sona’s measly pay grade
And how do we all know it was non-Tory voters who got these calls? Because more than just a handful immediately called federal elections czar Mark Mayrand’s minions to complain about it.
We also know that the federal Tories maintain an expensive and technologically sophisticated computer system acronymically tagged “CIMS” which permits Tory campaign apparatchiks to drill into extensive, detailed and highly personal data caches to determine with Borg-like precision who within any given city, town, or hamlet block is going to vote, who they voted for in previous elections, and who they’ll vote for in the next election.
CIMS, we also know, is under heavy duty security and linked to the highest echelons of the Tory campaign machine in Ottawa. You can’t log in much less manipulate and activate contacts by telephone with individual CIMS-identified non-Tory voters without the clout and attendant authority to do so.
We also have all read the media reports which attended the filing in various Canadian court jurisdictions over the past fourteen months of affidavits from federal elections investigators attesting that they tracedthe CIMS trail back to the same computer “IP” address and determined that it was shared by one Andrew Prescott, a self-avowed Born Again evangelical “Christian Conservative” (he blogs vociferously about same-sex marriage and Islamic designs for world domination) and the elusive false-monikered “Pierre Poutine.
Thrown under the campaign bus
The unfortunate Michael Sona, albeit a Tory youth diehard given, by accounts he disputes vehemently, to throwing himself in the path of “illegal” advance polls at the University of Guelph campus during the last federal election, is a low-ranking small fry. His role in the failed Guelph campaign was insignificant, although it did give him one helluva photo op with Stephen Harper.
What was more significant about Sona was the astronomical velocity with which he was shitcanned as an assistant to neophyte Tory backbencher Eve Adams when Robocalls first hit the media fan last year.
The gossip around media watering holes was that Sona was forced to walk the Tory plank at the insistence of none other than the PM’ s campaign manager and now PMO commissar of deceptive appearances, Jenni “There is no Y, only I” Byrne.
One thing that distinguishes Michael Sona as a lone anything is the fact that he has actually appeared in public and actually spoken more than perfunctorily to the media.
To be sure, Sona’s public comments have thus far amounted for the most part to a self-serving denial of any complicity in the Guelph Robocalls caper.
But, unlike the aforementioned Andrew Prescott and the other senior 2011 Tory campaign organizers in the precinct, Sona has not “lawyered up” other than to prepare for what he or anyone with an inkling of street-smarts could reasonably expect would result in his being scapegoated and charged.
Now that Mr Sona has been formally and thus far, exclusively blamed, for the political equivalent of a golf caddy’s role in the entire sordid affair, it may simply appear that he is doing what all scapegoats down through history have done without fail. Pointing the finger of blame to the folks further up the chain of command.
That is, with one important distinction. Unlike the infamous Nixon black ops unit, The Plumbers, who were shrewd enough to remain mute after their arrest for the Watergate burglary, Mr. Sona is one of those rare accused perps who instructs his legal counsel to issue a press statement calling for a full-blown public inquiry into whodunit.
Instead of holding his hand over a flaming candle and avowing eternal lockjaw à la G.Gordon Liddy, Mr. Sona has at least stepped up, something that cannot be said for his erstwhile mentors in the Tory Robocalls containment unit.
Canadians are now left to pray, er, make that, hope that further revelations (sorry, another inadvertent biblical slip) about the continuing Robocalls caper will put the lie to the PMO’s smug but increasingly hollow insistence that Stephen Harper and his 2011 election campaign staff really did play by the rules.