First election scandal casualty: Democracy

Stephen Harper

By Warren Kinsella, Toronto Sun, 27 February 2012

If senior people within the Conservative Party of Canada conspired to rig the May 2011 election, what are the consequences? For Stephen Harper’s party, the penalties could be very, very significant. They range from fines and jail time to deregistration of Harper’s party and liquidation of its assets.

A recap: As has been well documented in the media, Conservatives used automated, pre-recorded robocalls to contact voters in ridings across the country to provide them with false and misleading information about polling stations. Other voters were called late at night and, they say, harassed and intimidated.

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