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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:29 AM

Harper government fess's up to robocalls in Saskatchewan...


The federal Conservative party is acknowledging it commissioned a so-called push poll in Saskatchewan that warned listeners that electoral boundary changes would “destroy Saskatchewan values.”

Residents have complained of automated phone calls that suggested the redrawing of ridings in Regina and Saskatoon would pit rural people against urban dwellers — then asked respondents to agree by pressing a number on their phone.

The boundary changes could hurt Conservatives — who hold 13 of the province’s 14 seats — because a more concentrated urban vote in some ridings might end up electing their rivals.

After initially denying any involvement, party spokesman Fred DeLorey now says the calls should have been identified as coming from the Conservatives, chalking up the error to an “internal miscommunication.”

"Saskatchewan values" are truth and democracy, which apparently escapes the harper government.


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Response to CanSocDem (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:25 PM

1. And

For the rest of the story.

Conservatives admit they were behind last week’s Saskatchewan robocalls after voice-analysis links them


Yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today. But tomorrow...?



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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 06:48 PM

2. Robocalls: Does the fish rot from the head down?

Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski: ‘Ultimately the buck stops with her.’ THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Will Tory political director Jenni Byrne get the heave over the latest robocalls scandal? As an NDP official cracked, “How can they throw her under the bus. She is the bus!”

Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski fingered Byrne as the figure ultimately responsible for the party’s surreptitious and deceptive telephone campaign in Saskatchewan in a dispute over the changing of riding boundaries. We can bet loyalist Lukiwski didn’t speak without the prior approval of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Around Ottawa, Byrne has never had a reputation of spending too much time on the moral high ground. She directed the 2011 campaign, the one for which the Tories are under investigation by Elections Canada for allegations that they ran a robocalls campaign aimed at sending voters to the wrong polling stations.

But it would be a stunner if she resigned, given her close working association with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and all the top Tory brass. There’s an old saying about the fish rotting from the head down. The fear would be that the volatile Byrne, who joined the Reform Party way back when she was a teenager, might take others down with her.


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Response to CHIMO (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 07:48 PM

3. lol, great quote, but is she really the bus?


Some tough competition amongst conservatives for the dubious distinction.

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:50 PM

4. Wrong Provence

Wrong picture.

Jenni Byrne

Tory mastermind behind Stephen Harper made grisly discovery of human foot

Who is the thrower and who is the throwee? I am sure Harper has many!

A 35 year old female in power politics.

I don't know nothing......

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