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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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Thursday, March 5, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

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ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
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NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
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First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
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First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
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After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
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Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
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First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
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First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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