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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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Monday, April 21, 2014
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ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

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A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
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National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
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Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
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Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
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Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
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ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
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A platter of smoked fish.
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Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
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Seal hash martinis.
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NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
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ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
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Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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