Is it really? Depends who you ask, and of course, how you view the robocall scandal. (And no, I'm not entertaining the "he only got 40%" idea right now.)
Let's face one fact first: even if the robocall scandal is found
to be true, it's not likely it affected but a handful of ridings. If you
held a by-election in the ridings where there were confirmed cases
and/or it was a close race (I'm thinking Nipissing-Timiskaming,
Etobicoke Centre, and so on), even if the Cons lost all the
by-elections, it's likely they'd remain with a majority of the seats. If
all 40+ ridings went up for by-elections... yeah I could see that being
a problem, but in a riding like Kitchener-Conestoga or London West, the
margins are too big to be really affected by the robocalls.
So if the allegations are true, Harper's majority is likely to stay
intact. I wish it were otherwise, but hey, that's the game. The
robocalls aren't likely to have affected all but the very close races in
a significant way, and there isn't a lot of those.
But, the fact that this was done - that right there could illegitimize the entire May 2011 election!
Personally, I think it could. If proven true, while maybe the robocalls
only affected a few ridings and not have changed the end result, the
fact that is was used calls into question so much of what the
Conservatives do. The fact that anyone within the Conservative
Party would be willing to do this is a sign of corruption; if it goes
all the way to the top - and I'm not saying it will - but if it does,
then there is a total conspiracy on the part of a party to rig a general
That morally disqualifies their majority as illegitimate, because they
made our election illegitimate. I'm unsure if it follows through
legally, but if the allegations are true, then I say we ask for a
do-over, because whatever is in Parliament would not be the legitimate
result of every Canadian who wished to vote in May 2011, due to the
corrupt actions of a corrupt party. Simple as.
(Note: I accidentally deleted this post, so if it shows up twice in the aggregators, sorry)