No MP’s had their results overturned, but the ruling did make it clear that widespread had indeed fraud occurred in the last election.
“These proceedings have had partisan overtones from the outset. That was particularly evident in the submissions of the respondent MPs. In reviewing the procedural history and the evidence and considering the arguments advanced by the parties at the hearing, it has seemed to me that the applicants sought to achieve and hold the high ground of promoting the integrity of the electoral process while the respondent MPs engaged in trench warfare in an effort to prevent this case from coming to a hearing on the merits.
Despite the obvious public interest in getting to the bottom of the allegations, the CPC made little effort to assist with the investigation at the outset despite early requests. I note that counsel for the CPC was informed while the election was taking place that the calls about pollingstation changes were improper. While it was begrudgingly conceded during oral argument that what occurred was “absolutely outrageous”, the record indicates that the stance taken by the respondent MPs from the outset was to block these proceedings by any means.
The preliminary stages were marked by numerous objections to the evidence adduced by the applicants. The respondent MPs sought to strike the applications on the ground that they were frivolous and vexatious, to have them dismissed as champertous and to require excessive security for costs, in transparent attempts to derail this case.”
- Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley
Read the full Federal Ruling on Robocalls: http://www.scribd.com/doc/143331822/Federal-Court-ruling-on-Council-of-Canadians-robocall-case
In an open letter to Rob Ford, Toronto Star editor Michael Cooke poses a number of questions:
1. Do you understand why this damning videotape requires a proper and thoughtful explanation?
2. Have you ever smoked crack cocaine?
3. How well do you know the men in the photograph that appeared on Friday’s front page? Did you know the man who was subsequently shot dead?
4. Did you refer to Justin Trudeau by a homosexual slur?
5. Did you refer to your football team as f—— minorities?
6. Will you call for a police investigation into these latest allegations?
Excerpt from Maclean’s Rob Ford: Where were we? http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/05/20/rob-ford-where-were-we/
The product of last week’s rotten corruption of all levels of Canadian government.
I’ll never forget waking up to Rob Ford being elected as Mayor of Toronto. It conflicted with a lot of what I thought about the fifth largest city in North America, the most important city in Canada, a city that has taught me so much about what this country is, and a city that I love dearly. Fortunately Rob Ford’s vision of Toronto faced a lot of opposition, and the Mayor’s communications always fall victim to some unrelated event that he boondoggled.
Ultimately Ford has been nothing but a distraction. These allegations, whether they are true or not, are now the main event for the circus that has become Toronto City Hall. There is no way that any person can deal with this type of situation and run Toronto.
No matter how you look at it Mr. Ford has problems that he needs to deal with. I sincerely hope that he is able to deal with his problems. But the rest of the city’s citizens shouldn’t have to be burdened by Mr. Ford or his problems anymore.
Tweet from Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens)
Nothing to see here Canada, just keep on ignoring this. (sighs)
- Graphic From TVO’s The Agenda.
“Our former lieutenant governor loved #jazz and would have loved this show. Miss ya Linc. #hamont “
- Steve Paikin (@spaikin)