Conservatives Confess To Funding Robocalls

After initially denying that they were responsible for robocalls made to Saskatchewan residents this past weekend in the wake of proposed changes to federal electoral boundaries that they regarded as being politically disavantageous, the Conservative Party of Canada admitted today that they did commission the calls (which aren’t to be confused with the robocalls made prior to the May 2011 election where the investigation is still ongoing).

Framed as a push poll with loaded questions designed to sow alarm by suggesting that the switch to dedicated urban and rural ridings would somehow inflame tensions in the province and imperil its future, the campaign was vintage hardball Conservative politics. Characterizing the calls as “abusive and misleading” some recipients, including Wascana Liberal MP Ralph Goodale, have already filed complaints with the Canadian Radio and Telecommunication Commission about the content and the fact the Conservatives didn’t identify themselves the poll’s sponsor during the calls.

Here’s the CBC report.

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9 thoughts on “Conservatives Confess To Funding Robocalls”

  1. One of the silliest arguments repeated ad nauseam by Conservative presenters at the boundary commission hearings was that the proposed changes would disadvantage urban voters because we would only have three MPs per city instead of four. At least they’ve abandoned that argument and conceded that the changes are, in fact, good for urban voters.

    It seems to me that shit like these push polls does far more to inflame the tensions between urban and rural voters than the boundary changes themselves.

  2. The only “tensions” inflamed are those of Cons hoping to hold on to their unnatural advantage of poorly conceived mixed ridings and everybody else, at least everybody else who cares.

    How exactly will having dedicated urban ridings upset mature, well-adjusted rural voters?

    ‘Make no mistake’ this is a fight for 2015 and the difference between a majority and/or no govt at all.

    Well after this govt dries up, flakes off, and heals up like an old scab on your knuckle they will have all forgotten about this as just another little battle in a 1,000 during their Harper war years.

  3. Not really surprising. I recall watching the election results come in last time and it was fairly obvious when the rural polls came in for most urban ridings. The Cons started to gain ground.

    So does anyone know if anyone has done a public analysis of the last election results by polls and the new ridings? It would be interesting to see who would have ‘won’ with the new proposed setup.

  4. Here’s a link to an Ottawa Citizen report that says voice analysis of a message purporting to be from a firm called Chase Research that made the most recent robocalls has yielded a 95 per cent match to a firm that has been linked to the robocalls that were made prior to the May 2011 election that provided misleading information to voters (generally self-identified as non-Conservative supporters) about the location of their polling stations. The voice match suggests the calls were made by the same company. That company is based in Alberta and has ties to the Conservative Party of Canada and, on a provincial level, the Wildrose Party.

  5. @6 – Greg, does that mean Elections Canada can investigate this set of robocalls as well?

  6. I think people should write their MP and express their anger. The PM is claiming “overwhelming opposition” to the new boundaries. Perhaps if people demonstrated otherwise they would listen.

  7. #8

    Ya right..All of a sudden the cons will give a shit for the 63% of Canadians that didn’t vote for them.

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