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Elections commissioner ends robocalls investigation, but opposition MPs say report shows Bill C-23 needs to be beefed up

A report from a three-year Elections Canada investigation that found insufficient evidence of widespread attempts to mislead voters with fraudulent telephone calls in the 2011 federal election nonetheless supports calls to beef up the federal election commissioner’s investigative powers, opposition MPs say.

Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre, pictured on April 24, 2014, at the Economic Club of Canada, at the Chateau Laurier Hotel. Mr. Poilievre told reporters that the report vindicates the Conservative Party’s insistence there was no organized attempt to mislead voters, and that the Guelph events were the result of a ‘rogue’ operative in the party. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

 

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Elections commissioner ends robocalls investigation, but opposition MPs say report shows Bill C-23 needs to be beefed up

A report from a three-year Elections Canada investigation that found insufficient evidence of widespread attempts to mislead voters with fraudulent telephone calls in the 2011 federal election nonetheless supports calls to beef up the federal election commissioner’s investigative powers, opposition MPs say.

Democratic Reform Minister of State Pierre Poilievre, pictured on April 24, 2014, at the Economic Club of Canada, at the Chateau Laurier Hotel. Mr. Poilievre told reporters that the report vindicates the Conservative Party’s insistence there was no organized attempt to mislead voters, and that the Guelph events were the result of a ‘rogue’ operative in the party. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

 

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, September 19, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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