Huge lawsuit coming over Globe letter from Green’s campaign manager?

One of the people I find most interesting to follow on Twitter is Norman Spector as besides having a great mind and knowing all the ‘players’, he reads political news voraciously and picks up on things such as corrections, clarifications and letters-to-the-editors that I miss.

One of his Tweets that really caught my attention was a link to this letter-to-the-editor in the Globe and Mail:

Robo-ethics

In January, 2010, my UVic inbox had an e-mail invite from a democracy centre to attend a campaign school. Intrigued, I signed up for the three-day event.

Topics covered included voter identification. Discussion ensued about suppression techniques. Instructors explained voter suppression tactics were borrowed from those used by the U.S. Republican Party. Many kinds of suppression calls were canvassed. Another instructor gave detailed explanations of how robo-calls worked, techniques for recording messages, plus costs involved. He distributed his business card upon request.

Instructors made it clear that robo-calling and voter suppression were an acceptable and normal part of winning political campaigns. With election ethics like this, a more compelling case for changing to a system of proportional representation where each and every vote counts is hard to imagine.

John Fryer, adjunct professor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria

Now, this is an explosive allegation especially coming from John Fryer who just happened to be Green Party leader Elizabeth May’s campaign manager (see here) so why wouldn’t the Globe and Mail look into it?

For that answer, check out the Sun’s David Akin’s blog where he has tried to find out from Fryer if this was the same campaign school which Akin attended as a paid lecturer here.

And after reading that, take a look at this Tweet from Spector:

“Methinks we’re about to see a mother of #cdnpoli defamation suits”

Which was answered by Nick Kouvalis of Campaign Research with this simple response:

“Correct”

Stay tuned…

Update: Looks like the Left-wing rag Vancouver Observer is the main target of this potential lawsuit as it ran a column called “Inside the Conservatives’ vote suppression school” based on Fryer’s letter

Also: Notice this from the author Emma Pullman’s bio:

Emma is a Vancouver-based researcher, writer and campaigner focused on climate change and sustainability issues. She is the Director of Research of Leadnow.ca, and a campaigner with SumOfUs.org, a global movement of citizens, workers and shareholders holding corporations accountable. She has a Master’s degree in Political Science, and you can find her writing in DeSmogBlog, Huffington Post, The Mark News, and Rabble.

Leadnow of course is the online petition organization who sent in 30K robocall ‘complaints’ to Elections Canada and is backed by Leftie partisans including NDP insiders (see here)

h/t Kevin Marchment

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17 Responses to “Huge lawsuit coming over Globe letter from Green’s campaign manager?”

  1. Ardvark Says:

    Is this why the Globe and Mail has been sniffing around your blog today? I know this as they found their way over to my place after being linked from here.

  2. Conservative News Canada Says:

    BC Blue, what party sent that invite to Mr. Spector as I am curious as it might shed some light on this whole robocall fiasco that we find ourselves in.

  3. syncrodox Says:

    Did you happen to notice the byline of The Vancover Observer reporter?

    Emma is a Vancouver-based researcher, writer and campaigner focused on climate change and sustainability issues. She is the Director of Research of Leadnow.ca, and a campaigner with SumOfUs.org, a…

  4. paulsstuff Says:

    So Elizabeth May’s campaign manager reveals he has training in voter suppression? Brilliant.

    Hope he’s got a good pair of shoes because that’s a big hill he’s gonna have to crawl down from. By the way, the events at the Manning Center are always very well attended Perhaps Mr. Fryer can let us know the names of some of the other attendees to collaborate his story.

    • Gordon Chamberlain Says:

      You misled he was at an event when Robo calling was discussed Just as financial auditors have training in financial accounting fraud. The onus should be on the instructor values Unless you don’t consider that crucial in this equation

  5. syncrodox Says:

    You might also find this interesting Dean. As late as last night Elizabeth May was retweeting links to a site that had a copy of her campaign managers letter to the editor.

    http://jcvdude.blogspot.com/2012/03/voter-suppression-school-manning-center.html

    When I saw it I tweeted her and asked if this John Freyer was her campaign manager. She confirmed the same and complemented me on my meory but when I directed her attention to David Aiken’s blog she didn’t want to tweet anymore. Odd that.

    Anyways, I predict a lot of lawyers are going to make a lot of money by the time this robocall thing is over.

  6. Ontario Girl Says:

    Why would he put this letter to the editor in the paper?
    On David Akins blog here was an interesting comment
    MgEllis says:

    March 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I find it weird that voter suppression techniques would be discussed at this campaign school. I’ve been to many of these campaign schools put on by the conservative party, the manning centre, the leadership institute and countless others. I have also run many campaigns in target seats and never once have i heard discussion (formally or even informally) about voter suppression. Not once.

  7. Gordon Chamberlain Says:

    Ontario Girl I bet no one has mentioned ocean acidification and ecocide at your political events? How do you feel about large scale long term environmental destruction, ocean acidification and the impact they will have on your families future?

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  10. Kelly (@Usual5uspect) Says:

    When you consider Globe editors have oodles of experience discerning slander, that they choose to print it anyway speaks volumes about that paper.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Doesn’t change a thing, separate issue completely from the election fraud. Stay on track, I got here because somebody said:~
    “see, conservatives care too” (on CBC) and I know they do, because my parents were Conservative. This is not a Conservative Government.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Funny that you’re misrepresenting yourself on other forums… We all know this is an established Conservative tactic — many of us have shared drunken beers with Rahim Jaffer (heck, he’d share pints with anyone before driving home), and he blabbed plenty about these ideas half a dozen years ago.

    This is Stephen Harper’s legacy, and it’s how he’ll be remembered in Canadian History. The Party will have a very long and steep hill to rebuild itself once the dust settles.


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