"They know their base is secure, what they
need is for the Liberal support to slip or for
the NDP to rise so they can come up the middle.
The Conservatives have hemorrhaged as much as
they are going to, this means the more votes they
steal from the the Liberals, the higher odds that
the Conservatives can emerge ahead, if the
base stays solid in these close races."
Polemic and Paradox
Dirty tricks, manipulation and law breaking.
Those are all core messages in the Conservative Party of Canada's campaign manual entitled "winning at any cost". They sullied the reputation of opponents, broke election financing laws, deliberately misdirected voters in tight ridings in attempt to suppress the vote, used the RCMP as party operatives to manhandle voters out of Conservative rallies, intimidation, bullying, $40 million slush funds, falsifying documents and all manner of shady tactics.
Anyone who follows my piece of real estate in the blogosphere knows that I feel Stephen Harper has brought Canadian democracy to new lows.
During the last Springs Federal Election there were plenty of reports that the Conservatives were employing shady tactics in the tactical battle for seats in Ontario. The plan - divide, suppress & conquer. Each seat was another step closer to a majority government. They Conservatives knew they had reached high tide, that they could hold their vote but it was not enough to guarantee wins. To do that, they had to was split the vote and come up the middle. This became the focus of the campaigns in close seats.
Sun T.V. suggesting that NDP Leader Jack Layton was caught by police in a questionable massage parlor. The inference was that Jack Layton was a dirty old man who availed of prostitutes. I had an unorthodox theory, that from the Conservative "winning at all cost " manual made sense.
My money was on this being a strategic leak designed to inflame the situation, to further motivate those leaning towards the NDP to get out and vote. Why, because in some tight two way, and three way, races in Southern Ontario, the higher the NDP vote in some ridings, the better chance of a favorable split for the Conservatives.
In the balance was the Conservative's shot at a majority.
The scam of using phone centers to misdirect voters and suppress votes in these tight races was so successful in the 2011 campaign that party operatives dusted off the strategy last fall to systematically spread rumors in Liberal MP Irwin Cotler’s Montreal riding that he was stepping down. When the issue was brought to the Hosue of Commons, the Speaker o, himself a Tory, called it as reprehensible.
Now the proverbial shit has really hit the fan. The Tories bag of dirty election tricks that may have stolen them a majority government is beginning to see the light of day. The voter suppression offensive focused on between 27 and 34 ridings.
The election of a Conservative majority government ushered in wrenching change in Canada. Just what Nixonian & McCarthyistic measures are the Conservatives capable of?
If these recent revelations do not shake people out of their stupors then we might as well close the House of Commons.