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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday May 22, @01:45PM   Printer-friendly
from the insider-threats dept.

The National Post reports:

A former employee of Ontario's 407 private freeway quit suddenly Wednesday as a Progressive Conservative candidate in next month's election, barely an hour after the highway confirmed that information on 60,000 customers had been leaked through an "internal theft."

Simmer Sandhu, the candidate for Brampton East, said in an online statement that he had recently been made aware of anonymous allegations against him "pertaining to both my work life and my nomination campaign."

"These allegations are totally baseless. I absolutely deny them," he said on both Twitter and Facebook. "I will vigorously defend myself and reputation and I am confident I will be cleared."

An opinion piece explains the anonymous allegations:

[...] it is alleged that someone stole 60,000 names, addresses and phone numbers from the privately-owned Highway 407 ETR's internal systems and distributed or sold the data to a couple of dozen candidates in GTA nomination races. Those campaigns then sold fake party memberships under the stolen names, mocked up identification that met the party's requirements (which do not include photo ID), and paid international students $200 a pop to vote under these fraudulent identities.

Wikipedia has an article about the Brampton East riding.


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Gaaark on Tuesday May 22, @02:47PM (5 children)

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 22, @02:47PM (#682649) Homepage Journal

    The Toronto Star newspaper is endorsing a Green candidate (the Ontario Green leader)!

    Drain the swamp!

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    • (Score: 2) by Snow on Tuesday May 22, @03:10PM (1 child)

      by Snow (1601) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 22, @03:10PM (#682662) Journal

      Like, outright endorsing them? That doesn't sound like a newspaperly thing to do.

    • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Thexalon on Tuesday May 22, @03:55PM (2 children)

      by Thexalon (636) on Tuesday May 22, @03:55PM (#682677) Homepage

      Newspapers can endorse whoever they like. It's normal and routine in countries with freedom of the press. Readers and other voters are of course free to completely ignore whatever said newspaper says about the candidates.

      That said, the opinion piece linked explains the real problem: It's far far too easy for somebody to do what this guy is accused of doing and thus get more votes than they have supporters.

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      • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Tuesday May 22, @04:03PM

        by Freeman (732) on Tuesday May 22, @04:03PM (#682686) Journal

        Benjamin Franklin definitely had political opinions and wrote for Newspapers, was an editor for a newspaper, established a newspaper or two, etc. His first "real job" was working at a Newspaper.

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      • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Goghit on Wednesday May 23, @09:28PM

        by Goghit (6530) on Wednesday May 23, @09:28PM (#683288)

        This is Canada - two newspaper chains controlled by big money. A quick look at their record over the last few elections shows that federally or provincially they automatically endorse Conservatives (a.k.a. "Liberals", if you're in B.C.) unless the pile is a little too ripe, in which case they might put in a tepid word for the Liberals. The owner's opinion over-rides the editorial desk, as demonstrated publicly in the last couple of federal elections.

        Normally, as you say, highly ignorable. But Greens? Unless TorStar is one of those rare independent city newpapers (like the Victoria Times Colonist) this is truly a sign of climate change in Hell. If it's a Black Press shop pack your bags Christians, the Apocalypse is upon us!

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by aclarke on Tuesday May 22, @06:47PM (7 children)

    by aclarke (2049) on Tuesday May 22, @06:47PM (#682754) Homepage

    Ah yes, the Ontario Conservatives. In my riding (Kitchener) we have this chain of events:

    1. A then unmarried MPP Michael Harris has a short, fairly uneventful, sext conversation with someone who doesn't work for him. In 2012.
    2. In 2013 the party hears about this but apparently decides it isn't a big enough deal to do anything about
    3. Moving to 2018, Doug Ford wins Ontario PC leadership, with the support of former Conservative Ontario Premier Mike Harris Sr.
    4. Michael Harris is booted from the Ontario PC party for his 2012 "scandal", losing him his MPP seat
    5. Doug Ford appoints Mike Harris Jr., son of Mike Harris Sr. and no relation to ex-MPP Michael Harris, as the Conservative candidate for Kitchener

    Regardless of how this may look, this definitely certainly had nothing to do with Mike Harris Sr. demanding a favour from Doug Ford for his son Mike Harris Jr. after helping Ford win the leadership campaign. Definitely not.

    Ontario's probably going to have a new Conservative premier, and the Liberals probably deserve to lose after Kathleen Wynn's performance (Ontario's great economy notwithstanding) but wow the Ontario Conservatives generally seem like a bunch of bungling idiots. I'm not a Green Party member and I'll vote for the candidate and party with the best platform, but in every election in the past decade that's been the Green Party for me.

    Ref: https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/05/02/what-really-happened-to-michael-harris.html [thestar.com]

    • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 22, @08:05PM (5 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 22, @08:05PM (#682776)
      The Liberals screwed up to be sure but we do not deserve Doug Ford and we didn't have to have him; it's not fair. The PC's could have picked any of the three other more qualified, more educated candidates but instead they went with Doug. The whole thing stinks:
      • Like him or hate him, Patrick brown was politically assassinated. The complains were not nothing and Brown's initial reaction was not great, however the timing and the severity were optimal to say the least
      • Three qualified women with educations, one with a political name, and another with political clout all lose an election (and by technicality) to a man who's inherited a multimillion dollar company from his father, but done little else of note.
      • The little else of note on Doug's resumé is being a ridiculously uniformed and out of touch city councillor (seriously, watch council sessions that he bothered to go to from 2010-14)
      • Doug doesn't have the best reputation, there are serious allegations he was a small time drug dealer as a young adult and if you followed any of the 2010-14 drama you know he has hired goons
      • Excluding the 407 stuff the PC's suffered a data breach Global News [globalnews.ca], could be anything, could be part of an APT style attack
      • In today's climate there are a lot of allegations about people with money buying data from various places in order to leverage specific political outcomes, and the PC leadership race was won on a technicality (CTV) [ctvnews.ca]
      • Doug wants to be Premier, if not PM CBC [www.cbc.ca]

      I can't believe we're going to have four more years of "It's not my fault". "It was all Brown". "The McWynties screwed it all up". "No this [insert scandal here] didn't happen"

      • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Wednesday May 23, @12:44AM (2 children)

        by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 23, @12:44AM (#682866) Homepage Journal

        The NDP are seriously climbing and it seems to be that what was the PC's election to lose, they ARE losing big time (will it be enough? even a minority PC gov would be better than a majority).
        An NDP gov would be ...... better? Not sure what to say about that, but maybe it wouldn't be worse, lol.

        The latest poll has the greens losing a bit of support, probably from people wanting to support the NDP so there is no Liberal or PC gov: living in interesting times.

        I enjoy the tension of elections, even if i don't always like the outcome (Trump winning was a BIG shock, lol. Would have loved to see a Trump-Sanders election).

        I'm guessing i'll want to see an NDP gov over a PC gov, but maybe a minority gov would be good for now....

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        • (Score: 2) by dry on Wednesday May 23, @06:23AM (1 child)

          by dry (223) on Wednesday May 23, @06:23AM (#682986) Journal

          Well here in BC we ended up with a minority NDP government supported by the Greens. There not doing too bad, budget is still balanced, economy is good and they at least partially remember that the NDP is supposed to be about labour as much as anything.

          • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Wednesday May 23, @10:12AM

            by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 23, @10:12AM (#683029) Homepage Journal

            Here's hoping for that in Ontario: last time we had an NDP gov, Bob Rae blew it and got chucked.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 24, @05:18PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 24, @05:18PM (#683630)

        Today's news adds on to my earlier post about Doug's sketchy behaviour. Incidentally the timelines match up with the November membership breach: http://nationalpost.com/news/politics/doug-ford-accused-of-buying-memberships-to-help-preferred-candidate-win-tory-nomination [nationalpost.com]

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 24, @05:35PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 24, @05:35PM (#683639)

          oops, wrong year. It was November 2016, not 2017.

          less sketchy than it would have been in November 2017.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Gaaark on Wednesday May 23, @12:36AM

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday May 23, @12:36AM (#682863) Homepage Journal

      "I'm not a Green Party member and I'll vote for the candidate and party with the best platform, but in every election in the past decade that's been the Green Party for me."

      That's basically why i am turning Green: the status quo is just not good enough for the future (and the present).

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