The maximum penalties for violating these sections of the Elections Act are severe: a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to five years, or both. Moreover, a person convicted of such an offence may also be ordered to compensate anyone who has suffered damages as a consequence of the offence and to take any other reasonable measure to ensure compliance with the act.Let's put it this way: If the Conservative Party of Canada was the central organizing body of the illegal voter suppression scheme then the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada was the actual group of conspirators.
As well as returning the money from Elections Canada for having obtained such and such a percentage of the vote in each riding that is under dispute, the Conservative Party of Canada should be fined $5,000 for EACH and EVERY person they called. EACH and EVERY specific attempt at voter suppression.
Then, give a five-year sentence to every leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (from its actual leader, stephen harper, to its president, and etc., etc., on down the line) for EACH instance of a violation of our electoral laws.
We must demand nothing less than the total destruction of this threat to the Canadian way of life. At least to set an example for others. This is not "modern politics." The stinking puss of Karl Rove-style political and electoral fraud is not an unavoidable way of doing politics. It is a blight. It is a crime. It has no place in a functioning democracy. It is a sickness that must be eliminated.