Ottawa — In the wake of the Ontario Superior Court ruling in the Michael Sona case, the Council of Canadians is calling on the Commissioner of Canada Elections to re-open the investigation into the widespread election fraud that took place in 2011.
“The prosecutor and the judge in the Sona case have made it clear that he did not act alone. Even Dean Del Maestro is saying the same thing,” says Garry Neil, Executive Director of the Council of Canadians. “It could not be clearer: there were others behind this effort to subvert the last election. The Commissioner of Elections has a responsibility to reopen the investigation to find out who that is.”
In its formal complaint to the Commissioner, the Council is urging that the new investigation make use of the Federal Court ruling of Justice Richard Mosley and the Ontario Superior Court ruling of Justice Gary Hearn as starting points for uncovering new evidence.
“Either Conservative Party senior leaders were directly involved in election fraud or they were astoundingly negligent in securing access to their voter database,” says the Council of Canadians’ Democracy Campaigner Dylan Penner.
The Council of Canadians is calling on the Commissioner of Canada Elections to explore every investigative avenue possible to obtain the list of everyone who had access to the Conservative Party’s national CIMS database. It also should explore either who had the authority or at least the opportunity to make decisions about launching such a campaign.
With the passage of the so-called Fair Elections Act, the Commissioner of Canada Elections is currently transitioning from Elections Canada to the Public Prosecution Service. The official transfer of the Commissioner and staff is expected to be completed sometime in the fall of 2014.
The Council of Canadians supported the legal challenges to overturn election results in six ridings.