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'Not terribly likely' Harper didn't know about robocalls, say opposition MPs

'I can’t speculate on how much Mr. Harper knew or didn’t know,' says Liberal MP Frank Valeriote, adding, 'There’s a culture in the party that condones and permits this kind of conduct, to the extent that if you can get away with it, nobody is going to say anything.'

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
It wasn't me: Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he has 'absolutely no knowledge' of the robocalls that took place in various ridings across the country in the last election campaign to confuse Canadians about where they were supposed to go vote.

PARLIAMENT HILL—Close ties between the Conservative campaign director for the 2011 federal election and Prime Minister Stephen Harper indicate Mr. Harper must do more than he has so far to demonstrate he and top party officials were unaware of fraudulent “robocalls” and other harassing phone calls placed to Liberal and NDP voters during the campaign and on voting day, opposition MPs say.

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'Not terribly likely' Harper didn't know about robocalls, say opposition MPs

'I can’t speculate on how much Mr. Harper knew or didn’t know,' says Liberal MP Frank Valeriote, adding, 'There’s a culture in the party that condones and permits this kind of conduct, to the extent that if you can get away with it, nobody is going to say anything.'

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
It wasn't me: Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he has 'absolutely no knowledge' of the robocalls that took place in various ridings across the country in the last election campaign to confuse Canadians about where they were supposed to go vote.

PARLIAMENT HILL—Close ties between the Conservative campaign director for the 2011 federal election and Prime Minister Stephen Harper indicate Mr. Harper must do more than he has so far to demonstrate he and top party officials were unaware of fraudulent “robocalls” and other harassing phone calls placed to Liberal and NDP voters during the campaign and on voting day, opposition MPs say.

  

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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