How NAFTA, FIPA and other investment deals put democracy and the environment at risk
The Federal Court has found in no uncertain terms that widespread election fraud took place during the 2011 federal election. The ruling clearly states that “there was an orchestrated effort to suppress votes during the 2011 election campaign by a person with access to the [Conservative Party’s] CIMS database.”
Key excerpts from the Federal Court decision:
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