Prof Michael Keefer will be giving a lecture on “Sabotaging Democracy: The Conservative Party’s Telephone Fraud in the 2011 Election” at the University of Guelph on March 13 from 7-9pm (Mackinnon Building, Room 120).
In April 2011, Canada’s governing party organized a nationwide campaign of telephone fraud aimed at suppressing the turnout of opposition voters–who were targeted in ridings across the country by well over three-quarters of a million vote-suppression phone calls. There is evidence that this fraud gave the Harper Conservatives their parliamentary majority. Michael Keefer’s scrupulous analysis shows that there is also evidence as as to how this ‘state crime against democracy’ was organized, and how a lethargic and underfunded enforcement system has enabled its perpetrators to escape scot-free.
Michael Keefer is Professor Emeritus in the School of English and Theatre Studies of the University of Guelph, where he taught for more than twenty years. In addition to his writings on English Renaissance literature, early modern philosophy and textual-critical theory, he has published widely on issues of contemporary politics and cultural politics (including electoral fraud in US elections). His recent publications include Antisemitism Real and Imagined (2010), as well as essays on Canada’s involvements in Haiti and Afghanistan, and on issues of law and democratic governance raised by the ‘war on terror’ and by Canada’s relations with its First Nations. He is currently writing a book on the 2011 ‘robocalls’ fraud.
Please note that this talk is neither associated nor endorsed by the GFLA. But as the most visible victims of the robocalls, we’re certainly interested in hearing more about it!