Yesterday, former Conservative junior staffer in Guelph, Michael Sona was charged under the Elections Canada Act for violating section 491(3)d which prohibits preventing or trying to prevent voters from casting their vote.
Sona's first court appearance is set for May 3 and if the case finds him guilty, he can face a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines.
Sona's lawyer Norm Boxall has released a statement that joins the chorus asking for a public inquiry.
"I cannot help but comment that if the government was interested in the public being fully informed and the issue of robocalls being properly addressed, a full public inquiry would be called, rather than a charge laid against a single individual who held a junior position on a single campaign and who clearly lacked the resources and access to the data required to make the robocalls. I am confident the public agrees."
"I think that there's some people that maybe had an interest in seeing me take the fall for it."
"You've got to take a look at the options and just say, 'You know what, what is the more realistic option here? That some then-22-year-old guy managed to co-ordinate this entire massive scheme when he didn't even have access to the data to be able to do this, or the alternative — that this was much more coordinated or possibly that there were people that knew how to do this, that it was being done?'"
"In 2011 we reached out to Elections Canada when we heard of wrongdoing in Guelph and did all we could to assist them. We are pleased that Elections Canada's work has progressed to this point. The Conservative Party of Canada ran a clean and ethical campaign and does not tolerate such activity. The Party was not involved with these calls and those that were will not play a role in any future campaign. Voter suppression is extremely serious and those responsible should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. We spent the entire campaign identifying supporters and we worked hard to get them out to vote. Our job is to get votes out, we do not engage in voter suppression."
- Tories blame Elections Canada, Liberal Party and Michael Sona
- MP Dean Del Mastro speaks for Conservatives and says there might have been "mistakes" after claiming the scandal was an ‘unsubstantiated smear campaign’
- Former Conservative MPs raise red flags on Conservative data system
- Conservatives reluctantly decide to cooperate with the Elections Canada investigation
- Liberals and Canadian public demand Public Inquiry, Conservatives reject.
- Dean Del Mastro is under investigation for alleged abnormalities in his campaign, the NDP let him off the hook and he is nowhere to be seen.
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