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Elections Canada says Conservative campaign worker’s IP address was used for robocalls


Elections Canada investigators believe the same IP address used to send misleading robocalls to voters in Guelph, Ont., was used by the deputy campaign manager of Conservative candidate Marty Burke.

According to the CBC, the Globe and Mail and the Ottawa Citizen, documents filed in court by Allan Mathews, the main Elections Canada investigator in charge of the investigation, show that the fraudster behind the “Pierre Poutine” alias used the same IP address as the one used to order legitimate calls from the Guelph Tory candidate’s campaign. An IP number is akin to a telephone number assigned to computers on the Internet.

Mathews, however, does not directly accuse the Tory campaign staffer implicated, Andrew Prescott, of actually placing the calls.

According to previous court filings, the “Pierre Poutine” alias had been used as a fake name to register a cell phone to set up a scheme of dialing voters of other parties to mislead them to the wrong polling stations on election day.

From the CBC:

Prescott had an account with Racknine, a company that does robocalling, or voice broadcasting, and which was used by “Pierre Poutine” to make the false calls.

Prescott’s account was used to make legitimate calls on behalf of the campaign of Conservative candidate Marty Burke.

Mathews found that both Prescott and “Pierre Poutine” used the same two IP addresses when logging into their accounts with Racknine. On May 2, 2011 — election day — both clients “accessed Racknine within four minutes of each other,” using the same IP address, Mathews says in the court document.


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Elections Canada says Conservative campaign worker’s IP address was used for robocalls

  1. Should we take bets on how the Conseratives are going to try and minimize the meaning of this? My bet is on “How much harm did it really do?”

    This is disgusting. No matter what party is responsible, the very basis of our democracy is eroding.

    Shame on you, Andrew Prescott. And all who may be guilty, even if guilty by comission.

  2. Well, now the CPC has their fall guy. Bet they claim the rot stops there…

  3. Are there any old Colonial era “stocks” in the basement of Parliament that can be dusted off so that we might use them again on the public area in front of Parliament? There is nothing I would like more than to see the public be able to throw old cabbages, tomatoes and rotten eggs at these liars and cheats while they are held in the stocks – a good dose of shame and humiliation might return them to some semblance of decent humanity.

  4. does this government know how to take accountability?? they crucified the Libs over adscam, but this violation on democracy is completely egregious. harper u are equal to Putin..congrats….

    • Knows how to AVOID accountability.

  5. Andrew Prescott’s previous views on gay marriage are interesting. He claimed he would not recognize the law:

    “I do not recognize this legislation, and I will not recognize any same sex couple as being ‘married’. Marriage is an institution defined by God alone, and in accordance with the teachings of the Bible, God’s Holy Word, I do not recognize such unions as valid.”


    • By that line of reasoning, civil marriages or marriges outside Judeo-Christian tradition would also be outside the scope of his conception of a valid marriage.