On Aug. 8, 2012, the Conservative MPs in the election fraud cases filed several affidavits in response to the evidence filed by the applicants.
These include affidavits from the campaign managers in the seven electoral districts at issue and Mr. Langhorne, an executive with RMG, a voter contact telephone service provider for the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC).
The campaign managers and Mr. Langhorne attempt to refute the applicants' contention of widespread voter fraud during the May 2011 election by denying that they had any involvement in such activities.
It is not surprising that CPC witnesses are saying that they had no part in carrying out voter suppression activities during the May 2011 election. CPC spokespersons, including Dean Del Mastro, have been saying that for some time.
In fact, no specific allegation of wrongdoing has been made by the applicants against the candidates or anyone else in the Conservative Party. The job of sorting out who might have been responsible for such illegal activity belongs to the Commissioner of Canada Elections. The applications, on the other hand, are about restoring the democratic rights of voters taken from them by subterfuge.
It is also important that although several campaign managers have given affidavits, neither the candidates themselves nor, more importantly, anyone representing the CPC has been willing to step forward to give evidence under oath about voter contact activities during the election.
It is also noteworthy that the CPC has offered no response to the affidavit of Robert Penner, who is the expert witness that described precisely how a widespread voter suppression campaign, such as the one that clearly took place during the May 2011 election, would have been carried out at the centre of a political party apparatus.
Cross examinations will follow, and it is possible that further affidavits may be introduced to corroborate the key conclusions of the EKOS study: that during the May 2011 election, widespread voter suppression activity took place that was targeted at non-CPC supporters and effectively discouraged hundreds if not thousands from voting.
Related documents can be found at: www.canadians.org/election.