Member of Parliament Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre) came to the Prairie Regional Council, hosted at the Fort Garry Hotel in Martin’s riding, with a warning about what he has witnessed.
“The last election was determined using widespread fraud,” said Martin. “It is almost certain that the Conservative Party’s voter contact database was used. Draw your own conclusions.”
Martin lamented the American-style smear tactics and cheating that has crept into Canadian federal elections during Stephen Harper’s reign.
He said that Elections Canada has uncovered evidence of misleading “robocalls” from 240 ridings. Given the slim margin of victory for the Conservatives in the 2011 election, Martin said that Canada’s democracy is in tatters.
“Many of us have relatives who went to war to fight and die for democracy. That system is being eroded with cheating, and the new Elections Act amendments will only make matters worse,” he said.
Martin concluded by saying the number Canadians who oppose electoral fraud is far greater than those who support it. He said that it is up to unions and other civil society organizations to unite the opposition to Harper.