Voters receiving robocalls sending them to wrong voting locations

By Rohana Rezel

Voters in a Quebec riding are complaining about receiving robocalls instructing them to go to the wrong voting place yesterday on the eve of Canada’s federal election.

These latest robocalls are raising fears of a repeat of the 2011 voter suppression scandal that saw a Conservative Party operative sent to prison.

Greg Fergus, the Liberal incumbent in the riding of Hull-Aylmer, has put out a message on social media urging his constituents to be vigilant[1]https://www.facebook.com/GregFergusLiberal/posts/1194584907397568.

“Dear Friends – our campaign has been notified by some residents about robocalls giving people wrong information,” the Facebook post read. “Please note that Elections Canada does not send out robocalls.”

This is not the first robocall scandal to hit the province this election cycle.

Conservatives are already facing an investigation into illegal robocalls in the province last month and could end up paying fines of up to $75m[2]https://www.journaldequebec.com/2019/09/17/des-appels-conservateurs-illicites.

The Conservative Party has fallen foul of election laws in every election they have won so far.

The Conservative Party of Canada pleaded guilty to the “in and out” scandal involving illegal transfer of money to various levels of the party to circumvent spending limits during the 2006 election campaign.

Harper’s ethics spokesperson Dean Del Mastro was jailed for his attempts to fraudulently cover up election overspending for his successful 2008 campaign for the Peterborough riding.

Conservative staffer Michael Sona was jailed over the “Robocall” scandal, where voters were directed to the wrong polling stations using automated phone calls.

Update

We’re hearing from voters in Ontario who received robocalls misinforming them that the election is on October 22. Elections Canada just confirmed.

“There have been some reports of people receiving misleading robocalls in Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick,” Elections Canada spokesperson Nathalie de Montigny said.

References   [ + ]

1. https://www.facebook.com/GregFergusLiberal/posts/1194584907397568
2. https://www.journaldequebec.com/2019/09/17/des-appels-conservateurs-illicites

5 Responses to Voters receiving robocalls sending them to wrong voting locations

  1. Colin Youmans says:

    This is all a scam to turn voters.So obvious

  2. Joanne says:

    Never, ever listen to a robocall. In case you didn’t read the whole story, Elections Canada Never Ever sends out robocalls.

  3. Michelle Haslehust says:

    This tactic is one the Conservatives under Harper have used many, many times. The party members are still the same people, same style of politics, same agendas. They lie about their platforms to get into power and then the puppet masters behind the scenes pull the strings on Andrew sheer to make him dance. Beware!

  4. Just because you don’t like the Conservatives, Michelle, is no reason to jump on Stephen Harper saying he used robocalls many, many times. First of all, I never heard of his party doing it, and second, the Liberals have been more corrupt than the Conservatives ever were, so don’t act so righteous!

    At the present time the Liberals are pushing the climart change fraud program so as to get votes, pandering to the “end of the world” in ten years if we don’t spend millions of dollars on climate change programs, and saying CO2 has to be fought against. If you have any understanding of science, CO2 in Canada is not a problem, our CO2 is minimal as our green forests take care of all the CO2 Canada produces. The pollution problem comes from China and Europe and Russia and India and our spending millions of dollars here does nothing to stop pollution in China and Indian and eastern Europe for instance. Our billions of dollars spent on Canadian pollution is a waste of money and is only a money grab by Liberals and Greens and the NDP. The ocean levels have come up only eight inches in nthe last 100 years, and those who claim we will be inundated in tewn years or so will be embarrassed when there is negligible change over the next 10 years, and poor Greeta Thunberg can then apologize for being duped by others and she can go back to school and learn the truth.

    • Brandon says:

      “I never heard of his party doing it”. Well, I guess you weren’t listening.

      Also, your pro-pollution diatribe is nonsense and can and should be ignored by everyone.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.