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Journalist and filmmaker Peter Smoczynski, with his four decades of experience, aims to expose the clandestine operations that subvert the democratic process in Canada. He refers to electoral fraud as a highly structured transgression involving massive amounts of money aimed at manipulating different voter demographics in democratically governed nations.

In Canada, especially during the 2011 federal election, many citizens, like Smoczynski, felt a disturbing undercurrent of wrongdoing. This rising concern instigated Smoczynski’s latest film, “Election Day in Canada: Unmasking the Hidden Agendas.”

The Journey Towards Unraveling the Truth

Smoczynski, a former producer for CBC, is midway through the production of this explosive documentary, which is anticipated to be released before the 2015 elections. The people of Victoria will get an exclusive glimpse into the film at a forum organized by Focus Magazine and Open Cinema.

The documentary explores the fraudulent tactics used in the 2008 and 2011 federal elections. Interviews with observers like journalist Frances Russell and public affairs columnist Lawrence Martin highlight how these malpractices have marred the democratic process. A particularly concerning technique mentioned is “voter suppression,” described by Martin as a method of manipulating electoral outcomes.

Revelations from Key Political Figures

Key political figures such as former Conservative MP Inky Marks, Green Party MP Elizabeth May, and NDP leader Thomas Mulcair have expressed disbelief in the documentary about the existence of such fraudulent practices in Canada. Mulcair emphasized the urgency of protecting the Canadian electoral system.

The film delves into various mechanisms of voter suppression, their prevalence, and their effectiveness. Smoczynski explores ‘robocalling’, an approach that uses detailed voter profiles to manipulate voting choices.

Case Studies of Voter Suppression

The documentary includes first-hand accounts of those who experienced the chilling effects of voter suppression. For instance, Professor Irwin Cotler, a renowned Liberal MP in Montreal, lost a significant chunk of his voter base due to slanderous flyers accusing him of anti-Semitism.

Cotler’s situation indicates a more concerning trend: the rise of sophisticated technologies such as databases and robocalling. These pose a significant threat due to their central control potential.

Content Background

Journalistic Contributions to Exposing Voter Suppression

Smoczynski’s film took inspiration from the investigative journalism work of Steve Maher of Post Media and Glen McGregor of the Ottawa Citizen. They broke the ‘Pierre Poutine’ story, linking fraudulent calls back to a pseudonymous identity. The unveiling of this story led Smoczynski to embark on a journey to create a comprehensive documentary about these voter suppression tactics.

The Intricacies of Voter Suppression

Smoczynski’s research dives deep into the practices of election rigging, which have been honed to fine art in the United States before they permeated the Canadian political landscape. The filmmaker’s investigative journey will take him to the heart of the issue – the Saanich-Gulf Islands riding, where many suppression techniques were first tested in 2008.

The Aftermath and Future of Electoral Practices in Canada

The film also discusses the aftermath of the voter suppression incidents in the 2011 elections, followed by a three-year investigation by Elections Canada. It scrutinizes the Fair Elections Act amendment and its potential impact on future elections. In the film, civil rights lawyer Steven Shrybman and former chief electoral officer Jean Pierre Kingsley voice their concerns about the amended Act.

What Lies Ahead for Canada’s Democracy?

Ex-Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber, now an Independent, found the amendment process unsettling. He underlined the importance of treating the Elections Act with the utmost respect as it sets the rules for democracy in Canada. The film, with its compelling revelations and unsettling findings, calls for citizens, lawmakers, and authorities alike to preserve and protect the integrity of Canada’s electoral system. Smoczynski’s documentary serves as a sobering reminder of the unseen forces that could potentially steer the course of our democratic process.