In the riding of Saanich -- Gulf Islands:
CPoC Gary Lunn: 27,988
Liberal Briony Penn: 25,367
Margin of victory: 2,621
Number of votes for withdrawn NDP candidate Julian West: 3,667.
Thanks, Dippers. Thanks ever so fucking much. Assholes.
LEARNED WELL FROM THEIR REPUBLICAN MASTERS, THEY HAVE. It's amusing to see how thoroughly Canada's conservatives have taken to the thuggish, sleazy election tactics of their ideological colleagues down south. Here's one of the GOP's favourite voter suppression tactics:
In Maryland's 2002 gubernatorial election, anonymous fliers were distributed in black neighborhoods in Baltimore gave voters the wrong date for Election Day and told them to be sure to [unnecessarily] pay parking tickets, overdue rent and outstanding warrants.
Why, yes, hit the electoral district with misleading information that will clearly benefit your candidate, and do it so close to election day that there's no way to counteract it. And how would that work up here? I'm glad you asked:
Automated phone calls urge vote for candidate who withdrew
Saanich-Gulf Islands residents targeted in apparent scam
A number of residents in the Saanich-Gulf Islands riding received recorded telephone messages Monday, urging them to vote for NDP candidate Julian West - who left the race after controversy over a public-nudity incident 12 years ago.
Irene Wright, executive member of the NDP's federal riding association for Saanich-Gulf Islands, said Monday night night people started phoning her around 5 p.m. to say they had received an automated call encouraging them to vote for West in Tuesday's election.
And who would be responsible for such reprehensible tactics? Gosh, I don't know -- which party would be the only one to benefit from siphoning off Liberal votes to a non-existent NDP candidate in a tight race?
Think hard ... it'll come to you.
BONUS TRACK: The Onion weighs in.