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(Posted 5:30 p.m., Feb. 29)
Ottawa-Orléans among 57 ridings Opposition claim were targeted by misleading calls

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Ottawa-Orléans 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 RCMP.

According 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.

Residents 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.

The calls were so numerous and widespread that Bertschi felt compelled to file a complaint with Elections Canada in April.

For 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.

According 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 contested.

At 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 in Guelph.

In 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.

So 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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