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‘We’re good at it’


 

The polling company behind the phone calls in Irwin Cotler’s riding is now the subject of complaints.

Campaign Research Inc. had not been advised of any complaints as of Thursday afternoon, said principal partner Nick Kouvalis. “We’ve done tens of millions of dials through our call centre and there’s never been any complaint launched against us,” Kouvalis said. “We’re in the business of getting Conservatives elected and ending Liberal careers. We’re good at it.”

Kouvalis said his firm always follows Elections Canada and CRTC rules and denied doing anything wrong in Mount Royal. He said Cotler’s claim that the calls interfered with his work was “a bit rich” because the MP would have spent more time writing speeches about the issue than it would have taken to return calls from constituents about them.

The Hill Times reports that the founder of Campaign Research managed Peter Van Loan’s campaign in 2004.


 

‘We’re good at it’

  1. “The MP would have spent more time writing speeches about the issue than it would have taken to return calls from constituents about them.”

    Paging Mr. Cotler!  I’m no lawyer, but to my innocent ears this sounds kinda slandery.  If that’s a word.

  2. We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

  3. Please tell me that this is a bad dream.

  4. I’d like to know specifically what rules they thought they were following. 

  5. “He said Cotler’s claim that the calls interfered with his work was “a bit rich” because the MP would have spent more time writing speeches about the issue than it would have taken to return calls from constituents about them.”

    Maybe it’s just me, but does anyone else find that statement essentially, well, insane…as Murphy put it…bull goose loony!

  6. Conservatives lie, it’s what they do
    They lie to me, they lie to you
    They lie to voters over the phone
    Then say “Cotler should just call everyone back at their home”

  7. Getting elected on merit, would be the high road, but Canadians don’t buy into perpetual enslavement without benefits, and life-limiting micro-management. (i.e. Attawapiskat- generations of third-party micromanagement, exploitation, suppression of sustainable development, discrimination and attempted genocide.  Hence, more material for another Conservative/CPC Backstabbing Heritage Moment.  Throwing good money after bad beliefs, without due regard for fellow citizens, only holds our society and country back, as a result of a lack of moral, and ethical due diligence.  Then, send the police on a wild goose chase chasing the wrong criminals,  and we have the Canada, we see today!

  8. Is there a listing somewhere of all candidates who have used this company in the past?  I thought the company was just following orders before this.  Now I see that they may very well be the ones pushing the envelope.  And I think it would be a good idea to have potential customers think twice about hiring this firm in future.  And we can do that by giving grief to those that hired this firm in the past.

      • Speaker Scheer used the firm? I thought his ruling sucked; now I now why: conflict of interest, pure and simple. He should be required to step down as speaker for such flagrant abuse.

        I also note that the firm was placing automated calls in Ontario – something that, unless the law has changed recently, is illegal.

      • Thanks very much, Plaid (may I call you Plaid?).

        It confirms my suspicions, since I live in Peter Braid’s riding.  In our riding, on the day of the election, many people reported receiving calls first thing in the morning telling them that their polling station had moved and to go somewhere else (a few different places depending on the poll they were in).  Elections Canada said they’d look into it, but of course this was ELECTION DAY and they were busy.  I never heard the end of it.

        I do note that Peter Braid’s name is on that list.  It may be a coincidence, of course.

        • Also, whatever happened to that envelope of white powder delivered to Bob Rae’s office that sickened seven people?  I understand the woman who delivered it was arrested for questioning, but I never heard anything after that.

  9. Was this company responsible for the robo calls which misdirected voters to new fictional addresses for polling stations on election day?

    • If you spent as much time not answering those robo calls as you evidently do complaining about them on Weary’s useless blog, you wouldn’t have anything to complain about.

       And we catagorically deny any knowledge of any such calls. We can prove it to, as we were busy calling Mr Cotler’s constituents at the time.

      Not that we know what time it was.

       Even if we did make those calls so what! It’s free speech – but we didn’t, so don’t ask again.

      What’s your ph number by the way?

      CRI

      • Very sensitive on this issue. 
        But sounds like a threat.I thought that free speech thing applied to everybody. 

        • You need to update your browser.. it missed kcm2’s “sarcasm” tags. :)

          • I’m sticking with paranoia.   

          • Wise choice.

            CRI

      • ROFL

        • I’m sorry, that reaction does not appear in our maunual anywhere.

          This isn’t the reaction we we’re hoping for.

          Are you a liberal by any chance?

          I’m afraid we are going to have to send you an invoice for wasting our time and report you to the Sp…Elections Canada.

          It is a serious offence to mock a serious polling company like us, seriously.

          We know where you live.

          So,watch it.

          CRI

  10. What a piece of shit™

    • bout de merde™

  11. Wasn’t this Kouvalis fellow Rob Ford’s campaign manager?

    • Yup.

    • My, how incestuous these louts are.

  12. These guys calling themselves ‘Campaign Research’ is, how shall I put this, ‘a bit rich.’

    It’s like the urban legend where McDonalds bought their burger patties from a company named ‘all beef’ so as to be able to say, truthfully, that they ‘use only all beef patties’.

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