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Voter harassment

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Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher identify 14 ridings where voters received harassing phone calls.

Many received calls in the middle of the night from callers claiming they represented the local Liberal candidate. Jewish voters in two ridings complained of receiving repeated phone calls at meal time on the Saturday Sabbath. In another riding where the Liberal candidate was of Pakistani heritage, some said the callers mimicked a South Asian accent. People who received the calls report that the callers would phone repeatedly, irritating the recipients, and then speak to them rudely.

The Liberal campaign alerted the media to this during the last campaign.

Meanwhile, Jean-Pierre Kingsley, the former chief electoral officer, talks to The House (starts around the 26-minute mark) about the robocall campaign. Tim Powers says Conservatives are outraged too.