Edmonton company sues NDP, MP over comments
The Edmonton company that ended up being used to robocall incorrect polling information to voters in the last federal election is suing the NDP and Pat Martin for $5 million after the MP publicly criticized the company.
RackNine Inc. and its CEO, Matt Meier, filed a statement of claim on Friday alleging Martin made defamatory and malicious statements beginning with a Feb. 23 news conference in Ottawa and during subsequent media appearances the next three days. The statements were "calculated" to cause the "maxi-mum damage" to the reputations of RackNine and Meier, actions which the lawsuit alleges will damage the business.
The lawsuit states that RackNine has co-operated with an Elections Canada investigation into a customer that used the company's automated dialing service to breach the Elections Act. In November, a court order from an Edmonton judge compelled RackNine to turn over all correspondence, emails and records of contact between the company and representatives of the Conservative party general election campaign in Guelph, stating there are "reasonable grounds to suspect" that person or persons unknown "did by pretence or contrivance, induce or attempt to induce" persons to refrain from voting, a violation of the Canada Elections Act.
Martin repeatedly questioned the relationship between the Conservatives and RackNine. Meier said his family received crank calls and threats from people who believe he was party to attempted voter fraud, even though the court order linked the robocalls and the Conservative party, but not RackNine.
RackNine and Meier are seeking $2.5 million in general and aggravated damages, $2.5 million for loss of income, and punitive damages and legal costs. None of the allegations have been proven in court.
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The outbreak of robocallitis, egged-on complaints, hysteria, foggy mountain memories and such is nearly as bad as all the bigfoot, mysterious sounds and UFO sightings.
Perhaps there is a nice online library of recordings of these calls we can listen to in our spare time.
Anywo, I'm sure there are a genuine few (all parties pull this shyte) but 31,000?