Jun 2, 2013 - Podcast    No Comments

Legislative Speedcars and Scandals

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It proves very quickly that there was incidents of industrial-scale voter fraud that benefited the Conservatives and it puts that big question mark on that says that without that voter fraud we don’t know whether the Harper government would have won a majority. So we don’t know if they are legitimately holding office right now.

No Robo Co.A succinct quote from Chriz Miller, Media Strategist & Campaign Manager, on why he has helped form The NoRobo Co. and launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise awareness, judicial action and citizen engagement around the 2011 federal election robocall scandal. Your support to their campaign will help finish their Fraud Atlas and all the programming, design, and a small army of researchers and data entry people that it takes to create the definitive source for this info on the whole internet! Chriz steps off the edge with me to discuss this issue and many of the fundamental concepts around why such political scandals are far too common and what we can/should be doing to try and improve things.

  • Normal methods for Elections Canada and political parties identify and engage with voters
  • What are they allowed to do with Robocalls under CRTC rules
  • The importance of parties identifying themselves
  • The history of how the Robocall scandal came to light
  • Simon and jpw reading the disclosures helped understand what was happening
  • Pierre Poutine and the amateur voter fraud in Guelph, Ontario
  • The leap between knowing industrial scale voter fraud happened and bringing someone up on charges
  • The limited scope of Elections Canada mandate and the challenges it presents.
    “It’s like Elections Canada is trying to chase down the bad guys in a car chase and we’ve only allowed them to have a bicycle”
  • The Conservative governments actions do not represent their position that they care about this issue
  • Is NoRobo citizen journalism / engagement or something bigger?
  • The story so far – Complex, slow to come to light and hard to explain. How will NoRobo change that?
  • Other cases of large electoral frauds in Canadian history
  • The impacts of scandal on brand in politics
  • Unpacking the statement that this is the biggest case of electoral fraud in Canadian history.
  • The difference between the perception of power and responsibilities of the CRTC and Elections Canada.
  • Could more honest campaigning result from transparency around Robocall scripts and audio?
  • Incentivized cheating and a capitalist metaphor – What if product sales for 4 years were decided based on who sold most in 1 day?
  • More better direct democracy and the challenges with citizen ballot initiatives
  • Exploring the prospect of discretionary spending decisions added onto your tax forms
  • Understanding the design dilemmas of First past the post versus other democratic processes (1) and (2)
  • The peoples republic of Baffin Islands!
  • Status and outcomes from the NoRobo campaign
    • The interactive fraud map will be a bedrock for understanding the Robocall scandal
    • Short animated video helps everyone understand the signifcance of the Robocall scandal
    • The reverse robocall is a chance for everyone let all of the MPs hear their complaint and generate action to give Elections Canada the power they need to investigate and prevent future cases of voter fraud.
  • “It proves very quickly that there was incidents of industrial-scale voter fraud that benefitted the Conservatives and it puts that big question mark on that says that without that voter fraud we don’t know whether the Harper government would have won a majority. So we don’t know if they are legitamtely holding office right now.”
  • Understanding the legality of robocall campaigns and how to prevent fraud. (Hint: Accountability, Transparency)

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