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Meet the reporters who broke robocalls story: one’s a source guy, the other a data-geek

Stephen Maher and Glen McGregor say they are a little surprised at how big their robocalls story got.

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Hot tickets: Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher.

The Ottawa Citizen calls them “McMaher.”  That’s the cute nickname for Postmedia News reporter Stephen Maher and Ottawa Citizen reporter Glen McGregor, who landed one of the biggest scoops of the year about two weeks ago when they broke the not-so-cute story that Elections Canada, aided by the RCMP, was investigating fraudulent phone calls, or “robocalls,” made during that last election that misled voters. The story also reported that the Conservatives were conducting an internal probe. It has since exploded onto the front pages of newspapers, political talk shows, and newscasts across the country. It's dominated Question Period every day since and has knocked the federal government slightly off course. 

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Meet the reporters who broke robocalls story: one’s a source guy, the other a data-geek

Stephen Maher and Glen McGregor say they are a little surprised at how big their robocalls story got.

Photograph by Laura Ryckewaert, The Hill Times
Hot tickets: Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher.

The Ottawa Citizen calls them “McMaher.”  That’s the cute nickname for Postmedia News reporter Stephen Maher and Ottawa Citizen reporter Glen McGregor, who landed one of the biggest scoops of the year about two weeks ago when they broke the not-so-cute story that Elections Canada, aided by the RCMP, was investigating fraudulent phone calls, or “robocalls,” made during that last election that misled voters. The story also reported that the Conservatives were conducting an internal probe. It has since exploded onto the front pages of newspapers, political talk shows, and newscasts across the country. It's dominated Question Period every day since and has knocked the federal government slightly off course. 

  

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Bottoms up at Hy's post-budget soirée April 27, 2015

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Trudeau advisers Gerald Butts, left, Robert Asselin, Ekos pollster Frank Graves, Postmedia News' Stephen Maher, consultant Andrew Balfour and National Post's John Ivison.

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CTV's Mercedes Stephenson and Rob Rosenfeld of the U15-Group of Canadian Research Universities.

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Finance Minister and man of the hour, Joe Oliver, arriving in his New Balance sneakers.

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Health Minister Rona Ambrose's Director of Communications Cailin Rogers and Policy Director Trina Morisette with Greenbridge's Sheefra Brisbin.

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Joseph Finkle, consultant at National Public Relations, and Navigator Consultant Will Stewart.

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House Speaker Andrew Scheer and his chief of staff Kenzie Potter.

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Greenbridge's Patrick Dion and Sheefra Brisbin.

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Finance Canada Economist Heather Kay, Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Mary-Anne Carter, Gillian Frackelton, special assistant to Vicki Heyman, Kristina Martin of Capital Comms Group, and Bluesky Strategies' Shannon Donnelly.

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Liberal speechwriter Colin Horgan and Global's Laura Stone.

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Deputy Chief of Staff in the PMO Howard Anglin.

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Treasury Board President Tony Clement.

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Liberal Senator Dennis Dawson.

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Nanos Principal and Strategist Greg Weston.

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RX&D Lobbyist Sarah Douglas and The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello and Bea Vongdouangchanh.

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