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Rick Mercer Rant –Robocalls, “This is Big Money and Technology targeting people who want to vote and trying to physically stop them.”

March 1st, 2012  

In our blog, Rick Mercer Report: Rick’s Rant – “Online Privacy”. YOO HOO! Vic Toews! we provided a transcript of Rick Mercer’s February 21, 2012 rant on Online Privacy.

Mercer’s bottom-line message to Vic Toews? “The state has no business in the hard drives of the nation. You want a peek, Vic? Convince a judge. Get a warrant.”

And now, Rick Mercer on robocalls.

Special thanks to Rick Mercer
Source CBC: Rick Mercer’s Robocalls

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Rick’s Rant for February 28th, 2012

RMR: Rick’s Rant – Robocalls (1:56 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

Rick Mercer Rick’s Rant for February 28, 2012.

I have always loved politics. Politics has always been my baseball.

I love the competition. I love the ideas. I love the brilliance, the pomposity and the idiocy and some of the great characters that practise the art.

And I have always believed it’s an art worth practising.

Now I understand, in Canadian politics, the bar is very low.

Let’s face it, you’ve got to get on your stomach and crawl to fit under there. But there has always been a little bit of sunshine. There’s always been a little bit of light.

This past week, I’m not so sure.

Robocalls.

We now know that in the last Federal election, hundreds of thousands of calls came out of Edmonton to Liberal and NDP voters in eighteen different ridings, claiming that they were calling from Elections Canada. Lying. Sending people to voting booths that didn’t exist.

And what’s really freaking me out —is that I’m not angry. Which is very bad sign, because anger is my cardio.

I think I may be disappointed. Either that or I’m having a stroke.

Now I understand, in politics there have always been dirty tricks. But this is not some drunks tearing down some posters. This is not even a negative ad campaign.

This is Big Money and Technology targeting people who want to vote and trying to physically stop them.

We can’t have this!

You put ten Canadian in a room, they’ll disagree on ten things. Fine. But we have always agreed that voting is a fundamental right!

This is not a Left or a Right thing. This is just a Thing.

If we don’t believe in that, what else do we have to believe in?

If stopping people who want to vote from doing so becomes the new normal we will have hit a new low in the sewer that is Canadian politics.

Keep this up and we’ll need a snorkel to get under that bar. Any deeper? We all drown.


[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Actually, I don’t agree with Rick Mercer about his “We all drown” part.

As Mercer had already pointed out in his rant, “This is Big Money and Technology targeting people who want to vote and trying to physically stop them.”

So, no, we don’t all drown.

Big Money prevails!

 

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

 

Comments

One Response to “Rick Mercer Rant –Robocalls, “This is Big Money and Technology targeting people who want to vote and trying to physically stop them.””

  1. Wayne on March 10th, 2012 9:50 pm

    I received a robocall just before election day. A week or so earlier the conservative party called and asked for my support. Fortunately we voted in the advanced polls. We dumped the message on our voicemail but commented to each other that the new election poll was in an odd location Streetsville rather than Erin Mills.

    Anyone else get this call?


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