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For the latest news on the still unfolding saga of those misleading automated calls that attempted to send voters to bogus polling stations, read Laura Payton's report right here

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Hot off the Conservative Party presses comes the following somewhat ominous missive, in which the New Democratic Party is stridently denounced for its 'true agenda' of opposing ALL [sic] legislation -- officially, even, despite the fact that exercising its democratic franchise in such a fashion could ensnare the House of Commons in the very same legislative lattice that has torn asunder the economies of Europe unspecified "other countries" (Read: Europe): 
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When it comes to the legislative-work-in-progress that is the bill to dismantle the gun registry, it seems that the Conservative Party isn't going to let the government's still somewhat inexplicable decision to leave the bill in question languishing on the Order Paper in pre-report stage stasis daunt its perennial penchant for free coverage

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... to Elections Canada, re: possible Elections Act violations by the New Democratic Party in allowing union sponsorship at their convention in Vancouver last June. For its part, the NDP claims that advertising bought at fair market rates is permitted under the rules. 

 Read the full story here and hit the jump to peruse the complaint.
As noted in OotD, some of us -- like the person behind this keyboard -- are waiting patiently for the Conservative Party of Canada to respond to our query on a curiously circumspect new outreach campaign that was first reported by Xtra reporter Dale Smith, who found himself on the other end of a distinctly odd unsolicited phone call yesterday afternoon. 

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Former Tory board members want back on the bus

Tags: alan moon, calgary-west, conservative party of canada

The Conservative riding association in Simcoe-Grey isn't the only one that's been having problems dealing with the Party establishment.

Back in February, a majority of board members in Calgary-West resigned following a dispute with the national council. At the center of it all was whether there should be a nomination contest or if MP Rob Anders should once again be the party's candidate in the next election.

Alan Moon was one of those board members. Tomorrow, he -- and several others -- will try to get their old jobs back at the riding association's annual general meeting. I spoke to him about why he wants to go back.

In an email to CBC News, MP Helena Guergis calls the decision to remove her as the Conservative candidate for the central Ontario riding of Simcoe-Grey a "direct retaliation" to the letter sent to the Conservative Party by the local riding association.

"This is a serious decision that the NCSC has made, as it overrides the democratic choice of the members in the riding of Simcoe-Grey with regard to my candidacy," she writes.

"Although I have not seen it, I understand the Simcoe-Grey EDA Board members recently wrote a letter to the Party about these matters, and it has been explained to me that they are very upset with how they have been treated.  They have also advised me that they wanted me to have the opportunity to clear my name before any drastic measures are taken.  I only ask for the same."

She then attached a letter to Conservative Party executive director Dan Hilton, which is posted below:

Hon. Helena Guergis, PC., MP


Dear Mr. Hilton,

This letter is in response to your correspondence dated May 5, 2010, advising me of the decision The National Candidate Selection Committee (NCSC) of the Conservative Party of Canada has taken to remove me as the candidate of record in the Electoral District of Simcoe-Grey.  Please be advised that this letter is notice of my intention to formally appeal the decision of NCSC.

Your letter refers to recent events as the reason that this decision was made; perhaps you could highlight for me what I have done to justify this drastic measure.  Specifically, I ask that you please provide the details of what led the NCSC to make this decision, especially at a time when no election is imminent.

In recent weeks, in essence, I have been charged, convicted, and sentenced without any due process or knowing what I have done wrong.  There have been endless rumors and allegations unfairly leveled against me, but to date I have not been given a specific reason for my removal from caucus nor has there been any investigation launched, let alone concluded.

I am confident that I have done nothing wrong and will be exonerated of all the baseless accusations in the media.  It is unfortunate that I have been left in a situation where I am not able to defend myself appropriately and am waiting for the RCMP to make a decision on information that has not been made privy to me.
I have dedicated over six years of my life to advance the cause of our Federal Party and am grateful for the opportunity to have served both in the House of Commons and in Cabinet.  I have also represented the constituents of Simcoe-Grey to the best of my ability and have been returned as a result as the Conservative Member in three separate elections.  I should at least be given the opportunity to honor this record.  The Party should be respecting the wishes of the grassroots electors and allowing due process to take course.

In conclusion, I humbly ask that the NCSC reverse its decision in order to give me the opportunity to clear my name and rejoin the Conservative Party of Canada caucus.
Hon. Helena Guergis, PC., MP.
Good news! I finally managed to get my hands on that Ontario Superior Court decision on GST rebates for election expenses -- and a hearty thank you to the Conservative Party of Canada for being so prompt and helpful, although I did have some initial difficulty wrangling that multipage tiff.

You might recall that last week, the Prime Minister's Office sent out a preemptively huffy bulletin that began by predicting an utter dearth of ensuing coverage in the mainstream media of a court ruling that was delivered via fax to the parties involved on New Years Eve, and still isn't available online. Free tip to PMO/CPC communications: if you are eager for reporters to cover something that they would have no way of knowing about otherwise, it's a good idea to alert them to its existence. (Also, while I can't speak for the rest of the mainstream media, I'm a bit of a stick in the mud when it comes to writing about legal decisions; if possible, I like to have the full text before doing so, rather than go off a summary provided by one of the parties involved.)

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