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Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand breaks silence on robo-calls investigation


 

The chief electoral officer of Elections Canada, Marc Mayrand, finally broke the agency’s silence on Thursday in relation to the ongoing robo-calls investigation. Saying that Elections Canada received 700 specific complaints regarding misleading phone calls voters received in the days preceding the 2011 federal election, Mayrand confirmed the agency also received 31,000 submissions from the public as the result of an online petition calling for a public inquiry into the matter.

While the National Post’s Stephen Maher and Glen McGregor reported that an unnamed source qualified some of the information submitted to Elections Canada as “gold,” the CBC’s Terry Milewski reported on Friday that the public broadcaster checked the 31 ridings reported to have received fraudulent or improper calls and found a pattern that those receiving misleading calls had previously been called by the Conservative Party to find out how they would vote.

The CBC report suggests that the calls impersonating Elections Canada were made by people who had access to the data in the Conservative Party’s tightly controlled database, which the party uses to identify and keep track of voters and which has recently come under the scrutiny of Elections Canada as part of its investigation into the phone calls received by voters in the riding of Guelph, Ont. during the 2011 campaign.


 

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand breaks silence on robo-calls investigation

  1. I now have one more reason to add to my list of reasons why it’s always good to lie to electoral pollsters.

  2. Are our PMO staffer friends going to have a good reason why many of the people who received fake EC calls also responded no to the “can I count on your support” question from local campaigns?  Or are they going to go ahead and claim that Milewski and his witnesses are all liars?  I’m going to lean towards them using the ad hominem option.

  3. The CBC is the mouthpiece for the Liberal party.

    Anything they say will be skewed against the Conservatives.
    The CBC is not a trustworthy source.

    • CBC is more trustworthy the the Con Brain Trust.

    • Just how did Mileski  “check… the 31 ridings reported to have received fraudulent or improper calls …(to find)… a pattern that those receiving misleading calls had previously been called by the Conservative Party to find out how they would vote”?  Don’t tell me, let me guess:

      (phone rings)

      Alleged Misleading Robocall Recipient:  Hello?

      Milewski:  Hi – it’s Terry from the CBC.  Did the Conservatives call you last May and ask you how you’d vote?

      Alleged Misleading Robocall Receipient: Probably – I got multiple calls from every bloody party – I started leaving the phone off the hook after awhile.

      Milewski:  Thank you , that’s all I needed to know.

      • Did you bother to watch his piece? Please quit trivializing this and stand up for Canada rather than Steve.

  4. It is one thing for a political party to track their own supporters but I find it completely unacceptable that the Conservatives are keeping records of who doesn’t support them – by name, address and phone number.

    At a minimum, the sharing of voters lists by Elections Canada with political parties needs to end now.

    • This is dont by all major parties.

    •  In this context it’s kind of hard to fault your opinion, but when calling to identify your own supporters the other info is going to become clear by default.

    • I don’t think there’s anything wrong with knowing who not to call or bother with, it saves time really.

      We can’t make rules for all of this stuff, clearly we have to draw the line somewhere, but I don’t think it’s here.

      Faking calls from Elections Canada and misdirecting people from their polls is treason. We should focus on that and nail the perpetrators to the wall.

  5. Robo-reporter Mildewski is a funny guy. Mildewski needs a new trench coat, I just can’t take him seriously without one… he is a prop comic right ? … like carrot top, right? Hey, if the Communist Broadcasting Corporation says so, it must be true… right? If ever Mildewski needed Jean (da’ boss) Chretien to call his boss’s and force him off a story, this one would be it. I did like Terry in that Ron Burgundy movie though. 

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  6. It is totally outrageous there are Canadians who can’t see beyond their political striples and fail to stand up for democracy in this nation.  Shame on you all!

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