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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.'

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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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Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
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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