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OOPS of the night

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Everyone and their dog have reported all day that we cannot tweet, report, breathe or send by carrier pigeon the election results until the polls have closed in British Columbia.

But at 9 p.m. eastern time the CBC newsworld began broadcasting results from Atlantic Canada across the country.

Within five minutes they had yanked the broadcast off the air saying they were experiencing technical difficulties. It came back on briefly again then went out again.

They are allowed to broadcast the results in the Atlantic region where the polls have closed but have to black it out to areas where the polls have not. Like everywhere else in Canada.

The fallout from this could be pretty harsh. When the nation’s public broadcaster screws up this badly, the proverbial excrement is going to hit the fan.

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