Conservative MPs used U.S.-based telemarketers, Greg Weston, CBC News
The prime minister and his parliamentary secretary, Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro, claimed in the Commons that the Liberals were the only party that used American calling firms.Note: More than 31,000 complaints have been made to Elections Canada about misleading robo-calls. Was the 2011 federal election hijacked? Clearly, American style anti-democratic campaign techniques were employed by Stephen Harper's Conservative Party. The results:
“We’ve done some checking,” the PM said, and “we’ve only found that it was the Liberal Party that did source its phone calls from the United States.”
But documents show 14 Conservative campaigns enlisted the telephone services of an Ohio company called Front Porch Strategies.
During the election, the company made thousands of calls into each of those Canadian ridings from its headquarters in Columbus.
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