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NEWS RELEASE · 18th December 2012
S. Rennie - The Canadian Press
The electoral fates of six Conservative MPs, once strictly the purview of Canadian voters, landed in the hands of a judge Monday as lawyers on both sides of the so-called robocalls case wrapped up their arguments.

It now falls to Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley to decide whether the evidence merits the drastic step of throwing out the results of last year's federal election in the six ridings in question.

No matter how Mosley rules, an appeal is all but guaranteed. The Council of Canadians, a political advocacy group that bankrolled the court challenge, says it will appeal if a ruling comes in favour of the MPs.

If it goes the other way, the Conservatives likely won't go down without a fight.

"We certainly don't want to cut the process short," the council's national chairwoman, Maude Barlow, said outside the courtroom.

"We're committed for the long run."

The council estimates it spent around $600,000 paying the legal bills of eight voters who allege that misleading and harassing phone calls during the campaign kept some people from voting and may have affected the results.

The six ridings in question are Vancouver Island North in British Columbia; Yukon; Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar in Saskatchewan; Elmwood-Transcona and Winnipeg South Centre in Manitoba; and Nipissing-Timiskaming in Ontario.

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International observers needed
Comment by David on 19th December 2012
Yes, it's time for UN observers to watch over our voting processes. How embarrassing!
The vote
Comment by Terry on 18th December 2012
The vote belongs to the voter . This is an out rage . Just think about allowing some government agency to rule on our vote either way . If we could not get a free and fair vote then the government does not have a right to OUR vote . They should give us back our only right to effect government directly . Which is our vote . By elections are the only way to join the voters with THEIR vote. Perhaps they would be a good proving ground for the federal government to give us back free and fair elections . Perhaps we need international observers because what has passed is not right . Do we not own our vote ?