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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.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko came to Parliament Hill: Sept. 17, 2014 Sept. 22, 2014

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, pictured on Sept. 17, mingling with the crowd on Parliament Hill after addressed a joint session of Parliament in the House of Commons.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured on Sept. 17, 2014, waiting on Parliament Hill for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to arrive.

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Conservative MP Lynne Yelich, minister of state for foreign affairs and consular affairs.

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Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon, who represents Mississauga East-Cooksville, Ont., pictured on the Hill.

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Conservative MP Ted Opitz, who represents Etobicoke Centre, Ont.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko walking down the red carpet.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, standing by as Mr. Poroshenko is honoured with a 21-gun salute.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reviews the military guard.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reviewing the military guard on Parliament Hill shortly after arriving on Sept. 17, 2014.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reviewing the military guard before going inside to address the joint Parliament in the House of Commons.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs the House and Senate visitors' book while House Sgt.-At-Arms Kevin Vickers, Acting House Clerk Marc Bosc, House Speaker Andrew Scheer, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella stand by and watch.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Stephen Harper shake hands in the Commons Rotunda.

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Supporters of Ukraine outside on the front steps of Parliament Hill, pictured Sept. 17, 2014.

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A woman, wearing sunflowers in her hair, stands on Parliament Hill holding a sign that reads, 'Democracy for Ukraine.'

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More supporters, pictured Sept. 17, 2014.

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A young woman wearing the very colourful Ukrainian traditional dress.

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Another young woman wearing Ukrainian traditional dress.

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Embassy News photographer Sam Garcia.

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Conservative Senator Raynell Andreychuk, Employment Minister Jason Kenney, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, pictured on Sept. 17 on Parliament Hill.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shakes a little girl's hand after she gave him flowers.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to the crowd of supporters on Parliament Hill after addressing a joint session of Parliament in the House of Commons.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, surrounded by his security detail, steps down to join the front steps to get closer to the supporters on Parliament Hill.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko greets the crowd.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the crowd of well-wishers and supporters.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shakes another hand.

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Earnscliffe Strategy Group's Yaroslav Baran.

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