On Sunday March 11, protests were held in dozens of cities across Canada to protest against fraud in the May 2011 federal election. In Winnipeg, more than two hundred people came to the rally and march.
In at least 57 ridings across Canada, there have been allegations of illegal voter suppression tactics including the use of robo-calls impersonating Elections Canada to direct voters to the wrong polling stations, and harassing phone calls impersonating opposition parties. Since these allegations were first reported in the media, there have been 31,000 reports from individual voters to Elections Canada on election violations.
The Winnipeg rally was one of the largest demonstrations held across the country yesterday. Citizens heard speeches from Winnipeg North MP Kevin Lamoureux and former MP and recent mayoral candidate, Judy Wasylycia-Leis. Then, they marched down Osborne and Corydon streets to the constituency office of Winnipeg South Centre MP Joyce Bateman. Her riding was one of the 57 across Canada where voter suppression is alleged to have occurred in the last election.
The Toronto Star has recently reported that the robo-calls directing Canadians to the wrong polling stations may have mostly targeted older voters. In addition, the Liberal party is asking Elections Canada to investigate how thousands of unregistered voters where allowed to vote without providing proper documentation or information in the previously-Liberal riding of Eglinton-Lawrence. Conservative natural resources minister Joe Oliver won the riding.
At the Winnipeg demonstration, more than 150 signatures were collected to deliver to the House of Commons, asking for a full investigation into the election fraud scandal and by-elections in ridings where electoral fraud may have occurred.
Paul S. Graham has provided a video report of the protest, including all speeches.