Canada Robocalls

NDP MP Brings Up '$64,000 Question'

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - If the Conservative party could determine within days that Dimitri Soudas used its closely guarded voter database, why is Elections Canada st...

CRTC Rejects Call For More Robocalls

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The country's communications regulator is hanging up on telemarketers.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says it...

The Fair Elections Act Isn't Fair For Everyone

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Qais Ghanem, MD

The most troubling concern about the Fair Elections Act is the restriction it will impose on our voting rights. In the past, the Voter Identification Card (VIC) used to be a legitimate and sufficient identification of voters, which is what happened in the last election with 120,000 citizens. Potential voters will need additional evidence of identity such as a driver's license or an address on a utility bill, items which some citizens do not have. Vouching, used in the past, will also be eliminated. The net result is that many young students, the unemployed, the homeless and First Nations Canadians will not be able to vote.

The Fair Elections Act Will Make It Harder For Canadians to Vote

Craig Scott | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Craig Scott

The bill eliminates two methods of voting that have proven effective in enfranchising voters. One is the long-standing Canadian practice of vouching that allowed 120,000 people to vote in 2011. The other is Elections Canada's expanded use of its Voter Identification Cards (VICs) for youth attending university, seniors in residence, and Aboriginal people living on reserve.

Fair Elections Act Is the Change Canadians Have Been Waiting For

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

On Tuesday the Conservative government introduced the Fair Elections Act, a comprehensive list of reforms aimed at modernizing Elections Canada and Canada's whole electoral system. Bill C-23 was introduced by Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre and proposes to implement a number of recommendations made by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).

Mulcair, Harper Face Off Over Robocalls

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

Once again the prime minister and the opposition leader were in each other sights, with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair attacking Stephen Harper with question...

LISTEN: Rob Ford Robocalls Target Ex-Ally (TWEETS)

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Politics

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was quick to speak up about the lack of support for a new subway he's received from one of the city's councillors, after the co...

Date Tentatively Set For Robocalls Report

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The chief enforcer of Canada's election laws hopes to conclude an investigation into misleading robocalls during the 2011 federal campaign by...

Sona Told 'Several' People Of Robocalls Role, Election Canada Hears

CBC | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Politics

Michael Sona told "several" people about misleading phone calls that sent voters in 2011 to the wrong polling station, an Elections Canada i...

Tory Witnesses Not Co-Operating With Robocalls Probe

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's chief electoral officer is confirming for the first time that Conservative party workers have failed to co-operate with an investiga...

Alberta's Wildrose Party Fined For Robocalls

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta's Opposition Wildrose Party says it has paid a $90,000 penalty imposed by federal regulators for violating automated phone call rul...

'Robocalls' Riding Results Upheld

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Fraud was definitely a factor in the rash of misleading robocalls that bedevilled voters in six federal ridings in the 2011 election, but not...

Those Robocalls Have To Stop

CBC | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The B.C. Conservative Party has been ordered to stop election day robocalling by Elections B.C. Spokesperson Don Main says the calls went...

No Voting System Fixes Without Money And Help: Elections Canada

CBC | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Politics

Elections Canada wants to avoid the procedural errors that plagued the last election, but the changes will likely cost money and require political wil...

Robocalls Repeat For 2015?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The chief electoral officer is warning of another wave of false or misleading telephone calls in the next election if tough new rules and pun...

Robocalls: Elections Canada Wants More Power To Punish

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Tough penalties for elections-official impersonators, beefier investigative powers and more voter privacy were among the ideas floated Wednes...

Three Events That Mattered More Than the Budget

Ralph Goodale | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

While most attention last week was focused on the Harper government's 2013 budget with all it's wishful thinking, missed opportunities and neglected obligations, three other events were probably of greater significance.

NDP Target Former MP With Robocalls

CBC | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Politics

The NDP is putting pressure on Claude Patry, who crossed the floor of the House of Commons to the Bloc Québécois last week, with a robocall to his c...

Even the Robocalls Investigation Is Dirty Business

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

New information reveals not even the private contractors hired by Elections Canada to investigate the possible 2011 "robocalls" are neutral, non-partisan individuals. A search reveals that many members on their board of directors have donated money to the Liberals and Bloc Quebecois -- the same parties which have the most to gain in propagating any sort of "robocall" voter conspiracy myth.

Why We Should Investigate the Robocalls Investigation

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

My recent Access to Information request revealed that Elections Canada has spent almost $780,000 chasing the fantasy that Conservatives robocalled Canadians into voting in the wrong places in the May 2011 federal election. In my previous post we learned that the Commissioner's Office spent $192,203.48 on "Investigators' Fees and Salaries." So who are these investigators?

Calling All Rogers Complainants

CBC | Posted 03.17.2013 | Canada Politics

An investigation into allegedly misleading live and robocalls in the last federal election has turned to complainants who are Rogers customers, newly ...

Media Bites: Five Things the Media Got Wrong in 2012

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Well, I mocked and I teased but in the end, I couldn't resist. Year-end retrospectives might be trite, but dagnabbit, they're also a lot of fun. So here's my picks for the "Top Five Media Bites Moments of 2012", also known as the "Top Five Times the Canadian Press Was Inadvertently More Interesting Than the Stories They Were Trying to Cover."

Media Bites: Everyone's Favourite Robo-Scandal Is Back for a Cameo

J.J. McCullough | Posted 02.12.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

Nine months ago, you could scarcely open a newspaper without reading all sorts of scary allegations about the Prime Minister's secret army of robo-men and their efforts to systematically rig the 2011 election through ambiguously deceptive phone calls. But if you're still jonsing for a Robocall fix, fear not!

Robocalls Inquiry Begins

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The credibility of a key witness in a legal bid to overturn Conservative victories in six closely contested ridings came under fire Monday as...

Robocalls Complainant: 'I Thought We Were Canada The Good'

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.21.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Sandra McEwing is mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore.The Winnipeg mom is one of eight private citizens challenging the May 2011 f...