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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.'

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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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Friday, May 22, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Canadian talent centre stage at SOCAN Hill reception May 19, 2015

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The crowd dancing and singing along to Alex Nevsky's performance, in the Aboriginal Peoples Committee room.
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Liberal MP Stéphane Dion, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, President of the SOCAN Board of Directors Stan Meissner, and SOCAN Chief Quebec Affairs Officer Geneviève Côté, pictured May 12 at the event.
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Conservative MP Gord Brown, chair of the House Canadian Heritage Committee.
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NDP MPs Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Pierre Nantel take a selfie during the concert.
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Canadian performing artist Sarah Slean.
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DFATD Director General Marcel Lebleu, Environics Communications' Louis-Charles Roy, Alex Nevsky, and ESDC's Philippe Bernier-Arcand.
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Back Row: Stéphane Dion, Sarah Slean, Mr. Brown, Eric Baptiste, Pierre Nantel, Stan Meissner, James Cowan. Front Row: Marc Ouellette, Geneviève Côté, Alex Nevsky, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Gabriel Gratton.
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Gabriel Gratton, Laurence Lafond-Beaulne, and Alex Nevsky performing.
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Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner, SOCAN's Geneviève Côté, and Liberal MP Mark Eyking.
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Sarah Slean and NDP MP Tyrone Benskin.
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Conservative MP Terrence Young, SOCAN's Stan Meissner, and Eric Baptiste.
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Tom Mulcair's current, and former chiefs of staff Alain Gaul and Raoul Gébert, with SOCAN's Eric Baptiste.
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Sen. Cowan, Sarah Slean, and Stan Meissner.
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Environics Communications' Alex Bushell, with NDP MPs Carol Hughes and Djaouida Sellah.
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Alex Nevsky and Environics Communications' Greg MacEachern.

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