Dear Prime Minister and Members of Parliament:
It should be clear from the numerous rallies that happened in cities across Canada this past weekend, Canadians want answers about the Robocall scandal and the many other complaints surrounding 2011 electoral processes that were studiously ignored by Elections Canada when they were lodged. From coast to coast, Canadians called for an independent inquiry into these matters.
According to a Postmedia News poll conducted last week, 75 per cent of Canadians support an independent inquiry with judicial powers to look into the Robocall affair. Those Canadians cannot be said to be involved in “baseless smears” such as the opposition is accused of doing. Canadians are simply calling for a rigorous inquiry, an inquiry with teeth.
While the Prime Minister is correct when he says that Elections Canada are busy investigating right now and are invested by law to do so, Elections Canada will not obtain all of their investigative powers for at least another six months, when related legislation might (or might not) be passed. Moreover, Canadians have seen with the In and Out scandal of 2006 how seriously and for what length of time Elections Canada can become bogged down in acrimonious litigation, right up to the Supreme Court.
I hear the voices all across this country saying that whether or not the election was stolen, this affair must be investigated fairly, fully, and without delay. I call upon you to establish an independent inquiry with judicial powers, or indeed a royal commission, and to do so immediately.
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