To me, all doubt has now been removed that Elections Canada is riddled with corrupt officials and led by a CEO who is willing to protect them.
It’s one thing for incompetence to occur but it’s quite another for a supposed non-partisan organization in charge of running our elections to employ people who are trying to discredit the Conservative Party by working hand-in-hand with the media.
Yesterday, it was learned via a story by Postmedia’s Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher that Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro was under investigation by EC and that Maher and McGregor were leaked non-public court documents (see here). Today we learn that these documents were under a judge’s confidentiality order and Del Mastro cannot even access them.
Del Mastro – “I think MPs should find it very concerning that an agency of Parliament makes allegations and these documents are out there and have been released to a single source.”
My suspicions is that this was a targeted attack on Del Mastro for being the Conservative’s front-man on this file and someone within EC decided to go after him even harder by leaking their fishing expedition to Maher and McGregor:
Last week he [Del Mastro] publicly challenged the Chief Electoral Officer to address whether the agency was leaking details of its robo-calls allegations. In response, Marc Mayrand said such a question smeared Elections Canada’s reputation and denied the agency ever divulged privileged information. (see here)
Tell me it’s just all one big coincidence.
Also: McGregor and Maher’s good buddy Kady O’Malley of the CBC was challenged by Del Mastro for getting an ethics committee report from a Liberal MP two days ago (see here). Just another coincidence I’m sure.