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Voter identification 'massive job,' central Conservative campaign gives voter lists to local candidates, says Tory MP Vellacott

The Conservative Party manages the lists and matches voter identification telephone numbers centrally because it has the capacity and the expertise that the job requires, says Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott. 'If you had the unlimited kind of money that they put into the Senate elections in the States, I suppose you could hire somebody to do that kind of technical stuff,' he says. 'We rather like to keep people out face to face and doing other tasks.'

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Elections Canada is investigating robocalls made to voters during the May 2, 2011 election.

CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated. This article published March 7 referred to Responsive Marketing Group Inc. ("RMG"). No allegation has been made that RMG employees were asked by RMG to direct voters to the wrong polling stations in the last federal election. There is no evidence that RMG has used "robocalls" to deliberately mislead electors. RMG did not conduct 'robocall' voter identification for political candidates in the 2011 federal election. The Hill Times apologizes to Responsive Marketing Group Inc. 

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Voter identification 'massive job,' central Conservative campaign gives voter lists to local candidates, says Tory MP Vellacott

The Conservative Party manages the lists and matches voter identification telephone numbers centrally because it has the capacity and the expertise that the job requires, says Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott. 'If you had the unlimited kind of money that they put into the Senate elections in the States, I suppose you could hire somebody to do that kind of technical stuff,' he says. 'We rather like to keep people out face to face and doing other tasks.'

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Elections Canada is investigating robocalls made to voters during the May 2, 2011 election.

CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated. This article published March 7 referred to Responsive Marketing Group Inc. ("RMG"). No allegation has been made that RMG employees were asked by RMG to direct voters to the wrong polling stations in the last federal election. There is no evidence that RMG has used "robocalls" to deliberately mislead electors. RMG did not conduct 'robocall' voter identification for political candidates in the 2011 federal election. The Hill Times apologizes to Responsive Marketing Group Inc. 

  

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

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