Former Con found guilty in Robocalls trial


mentalfloss
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Former Conservative Staffer found guilty in Robocalls trial

An Ontario judge has found former Conservative party staffer Michael Sona guilty in a trial surrounding the 2011 election robocalls case.

Judge Gary Hearn made the ruling in Guelph, Ont., after reviewing evidence presented during a five-day trial that wrapped up earlier this summer.

Mr. Sona, 25, was accused of executing a plan to direct non-Conservative supporters away from polling stations during the 2011 federal election. Mr. Sona was the director of communications for Guelph candidate Marty Burke during the election. Liberal candidate Frank Valeriote ended up winning the riding with 25,588 votes, more than 6,000 ahead of Mr. Burke.

More than 6,700 homes, mostly in Guelph, received automated calls incorrectly informing residents that their polling stations had been relocated. The calls were ordered through Edmonton-based telemarketing firm RackNine from someone using the pseudonyms Pierre Jones and Pierre Poutine.

In April, Elections Canada closed a three-year investigation into reports of robocalls across the country, and found no evidence of an orchestrated scheme to deceive voters outside of southwestern Ontario.

During the trial, the court heard testimony that Mr. Sona toasted the Conservative majority win that day with the comment “thanks to Pierre,” according to Andrew Prescott, the deputy campaign manager for Mr. Burke at the time. Mr. Prescott was offered immunity in exchange for his testimony, but said he was not involved with the robocalls. He said he thought there was something suspicious happening on Election Day, but decided to keep out of it.

“I was extremely hesitant because obviously I caught wind there was stuff going on that day; we started receiving media reports of fake calls that were going around,” Mr. Prescott testified.

“Whatever was going on, I did not want to get involved.”

Mr. Sona has long maintained his innocence. After the election, he worked in MP Eve Adams’s office but resigned shortly after he was linked to the robocalls through an Elections Canada investigation. Mr. Sona said at the time he was leaving his job because the controversy was preventing him from doing his work, but he insisted he was not involved with the scandal. In April 2013, he became the first person charged in relation to the scandal when he was charged with “having wilfully prevented or endeavoured to prevent an elector from voting at an election.”

Former Conservative staffer found guilty in robocalls trial - G&M
Last edited by mentalfloss; Aug 14th, 2014 at 10:15 AM..
 
Colpy
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What should also be pointed out here is that Sona repeatedly contacted Conservative HQ wanting to know how to do robocalls.......and was told to concentrate on his campaign and stay away from shenanigans.

The old accusation of Conservative Party involvement is completely untrue. This was absolutely an operation by a rogue staffer.

There have now been two convictions over robocalls in the 2011 elections.

One Liberal, one Conservative.

And I hope Sona gets the full five years.
 
Locutus
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Remember when we were the first to report Sona's name, and others said we were wrong? Now he's found guilty:


ow.ly/AkdiF (external - login to view) #cdnpoli (external - login to view)
 
mentalfloss
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Sona was a Conservative member.

If you want to distance him from the party, that's fine, but it speaks volumes about your partisanship.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Sona was a Conservative member.

If you want to distance him from the party, that's fine, but it speaks volumes about your partisanship.

Heil Harper!! Heil Harper!!



He still has my vote..
 
Colpy
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Sona was a Conservative member.

If you want to distance him from the party, that's fine, but it speaks volumes about your partisanship.

And the Liberal guy was a Liberal guy............so what??

The Conservative Party REJECTED his proposals, and refused to give him instruction on how he could achieve his aims.

You can't get much more distanced than that.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by ColpyView Post

And the Liberal guy was a Liberal guy............so what??

The Conservative Party REJECTED his proposals, and refused to give him instruction on how he could achieve his aims.

You can't get much more distanced than that.


...all that matter to MentalFlossy, is that he was a "Conservative," you know that dirty word.
 
mentalfloss
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And Duffy is a Conservative senator.

Just calling a stripe a stripe.
 
Count_Lothian
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

Sun News NetworkVerified account ‏@SunNewsNetwork



Remember when we were the first to report Sona's name, and others said we were wrong? Now he's found guilty:


ow.ly/AkdiF (external - login to view) #cdnpoli (external - login to view)


and what about the denials
CBC News - Conservatives deny party focus of robocalls probe

Elections Canada probing call complaints in 200 ridings - Politics - CBC News

the instances have been documented in well over 200 locals across Canada.
this is but one instance.
 
Grievous
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Wonder if he was involve with adscam.....nah, that was a Liberal idea.


Sorry, but this scandal pales in comparison to what some Liberals were doing with a credit card.
 
mentalfloss
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Judge Hearn told the court he was “satisfied well beyond a reasonable doubt” that Mr. Sona was involved in the plot, though he added “the evidence indicates he did not likely act alone.”

Former Conservative staffer found guilty in robocalls trial - The Globe and Mail
 
pgs
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Yup but the difference is conservatives want this guy charged while liberals would be covering his a-- .
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

And Duffy is a Conservative senator.

Just calling a stripe a stripe.

Senator Mac Harb pays back $231,000 in expenses, retires - Politics - CBC News
Liberal Senator Raymond Lavigne guilty of fraud (external - login to view)

And both of these are Liberals
 
mentalfloss
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The point I was trying to make was that each party should be held accountable for its members.

Even those low tier bureaucrats.
 
captain morgan
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Like Mac Harb?
 
Spade
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Quote: Originally Posted by ColpyView Post

What should also be pointed out here is that Sona repeatedly contacted Conservative HQ wanting to know how to do robocalls.......and was told to concentrate on his campaign and stay away from shenanigans.

The old accusation of Conservative Party involvement is completely untrue. This was absolutely an operation by a rogue staffer.

There have now been two convictions over robocalls in the 2011 elections.

One Liberal, one Conservative.

And I hope Sona gets the full five years.

Superior Court Justice Hearn ruked that,based on the evidence, it was unlikely Prescott acted alone.
 
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