5:30 p.m., Feb. 29)
among 57 ridings Opposition claim were targeted by misleading
By Fred Sherwin
is one of 57 ridings the Liberal Party of Canada and the
NDP are claiming were subject to misleading phone calls
during the last election including a series of robocalls
currently being investigated by Elections Canada and the
to David Bertschi, who carried the Liberal banner in Ottawa-Orléans,
his office received dozens of inquiries from residents
who said they had received calls from live voices identifying
themselves as representatives of the Liberal Party of
Canada and urging them not to vote for the Liberal candidate.
also reported getting calls from people imitating Elections
Canada officials telling voters to go to a different polling
station, some as far as 30 minutes away.
calls were so numerous and widespread that Bertschi felt
compelled to file a complaint with Elections Canada in
his part, Royal Galipeau, the man who won the election
by 4,000 votes and held on to his seat, says he heard
no such complaints from people despite knocking on over
10,000 doors. He is also adamant that none of his volunteers
would have done what the Liberals are claiming.
to a report in the Feb. 24 edition of the National Post,
Elections Canada received complaints about "fake"
Liberal calls from 14 different ridings, all of them closely
the moment, it is unclear whether or not Elections Canada
is looking into so called "live" calls. What
is known is that the agency has executed a court order
on RackNine, an Edmonton-based company that specializes
in automated calls after investigators discovered a link
between the company and the local Conservative campaign
particular, they turned up a number that traced back to
a phone registered to a "Pierre Poutine" on
Separatist Street in Joliette, Quebec. The phone was registered
two days prior to the election and only two calls were
placed from the phone, both to RackNine.
far, no connection has been between the phone registered
to "Pierre Poutine" and the Conservative campaign
which availed themselves of RackNine's service throughout
the campaign, most notably on election day to warn supporters
of bogus calls from outside sources.
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