Quote: Originally Posted by Vanni Fucci
Interesting, looks like the robocall tactic is not exclusive to the federal Cons...
Dirty trick robocalls made during Ontario election, say Liberal, NDP candidates - Winnipeg Free Press (external - login to view)
I'm surprised no one thought of this earlier. Anyone that has their spidey-tinglers enabled should have guessed that Whodat is an evil ****. I'd love to see some more investigation into Ford's election as well.
Elections Canada probe spreads to Thunder Bay from Guelph
An Elections Canada investigation prompted by misleading calls to voters during the final days of last May's election is spreading, the CBC learned Wednesday.
The growing probe will involve interviews with some employees of a call centre based in Thunder Bay, Ont., operated by Responsive Marketing Group. The company was hired by the Conservatives to reach out to voters.
It was not immediately clear whether the interviews in Thunder Bay are directly connected with the continuing investigation by Elections Canada in Guelph, Ont.
A former employee of the RMG call centre in Thunder Bay told CBC
earlier this week that some staff were poorly trained and that could be one reason voters may have been given false information about polling station locations.
Another RMG worker, who asked to remain anonymous, described to CBC Radio's As it Happens
Monday her discomfort with the way she felt her fellow employees were asked to influence voters on behalf of the Conservative Party. They weren't allowed to say they worked for a call centre, she said.
The employee said she and other workers took their concerns to the RCMP, but "they said they didn't want to listen, it wasn't their area, and it was now all over and done with."
Harper 'absolutely, definitively' denies robocalls - Politics - CBC News
After following Question Period (external - login to view)
the last few days on this, the scope and framing of the discussion of this matter in the house, has changed in quite a few intriguing ways. G&M has posted the evolution of this fight between the opposition and the Tories. It's pretty enlightening how one party will evolve when they're under enough heat.
From cautious discipline to denial and accusation: the Tory line on robo-calls
Thursday, Feb. 23:
“The [Conservative] Party was not involved with these calls and if anyone on a local campaign was involved they will not play a role in a future campaign. Voter suppression is extremely serious and if anything improper occurred those responsible should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” – Jenni Byrne, 2011 national campaign manager, in a statement
Monday, Feb. 27:
“If the NDP has any information that inappropriate calls were placed, and we certainly have information in some cases and we have given that to Elections Canada, then I challenge that party to produce that information and give it to Elections Canada.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the House of Commons.
Wednesday, Feb. 29:
“The Conservative Party can say absolutely, definitively, it has no role in any of this. ... This is a smear campaign nine months after the election by the Liberals. This is why they continue to lose elections, it’s a party that does not accept that it lost the election.” – Mr. Harper in the House of Commons
“This is nothing but an unsubstantiated smear campaign on behalf of the NDP, and they should withdraw all their comments in this regard.” – Dean Del Mastro, Conservative MP and parliamentary secretary to the Prime Minister, in the House of Commons
From cautious discipline to denial and accusation: the Tory line on robo-calls - The Globe and Mail