An Analysis of the Summary Investigation Report on Robocalls of the Commissioner of Canada Elections
On April 24, 2014 the Commissioner of Canada Elections, Yves Côté released a long awaited report of his investigation into voter fraud during the 41st General Election in May 2011. Steven Shrybman reviewed the report, having served as counsel for several electors, who in March 2012, brought applications to annul the results of the May 2011 federal election in 6 ridings across the country.
In Steven’s view, the Commissioner entirely failed to carry out a proper investigation Instead he adopted a flawed and narrow approach to his task that caused him to ignore relevant evidence, neglect obvious routes of inquiry, and adopt ineffectual methods for his investigation. In consequence, the Commissioner made little or no progress in answering the questions that were central to his mandate, namely to determine the extent of and responsibility for voter suppression during the Election.