Conservative Who Was Either the Mastermind or Fall Guy in the Robocall Scandal Loses Appeal - 2016-06-10
Sona, now 27, was a 22-year-old Conservative election staff on May 2, 2011, when someone used an Edmonton-based robocalling company to send a recorded message to 7,676 opposition supporters in the Guelph riding, telling them their polling station had moved.
The scheme worked, to a point. Hundreds of voters turned up at the wrong polling station, causing a traffic jam, and some of them ripped up their voter cards in frustration. The dirty trick didn't change the outcome in the riding, where the Liberal MP held onto his seat, but when reporters discovered that Elections Canada had linked the robocall to the Conservatives, it caused a huge headache for the government of Stephen Harper.
The party went into damage-control mode, struggling to explain how and why one of their campaigns tried to trick voters, while the opposition accused them of trying to trick Canadians with dirty phone calls across Canada.