Elizabeth May on Robocalls

Posted: March 26, 2012 by Ty in Current Events
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Elizabeth May, O.C., M.P.
Dear concerned Canadian,

I am writing to give you an update on my efforts to demand a full public inquiry into the use of illegal “robocalls” and misleading phone calls during last federal election. I have heard from tens of thousands of Canadians from across the country who were contacted by automated calls and live individuals providing false and misleading information.

As you know, these extremely worrisome actions are an attack upon our cherished democratic institutions.  This is far more serious than the sponsorship scandal and demands an immediate response.

Last May, I submitted a formal complaint to the Chief Electoral Officer of Elections Canada, Marc Mayrand, regarding the numerous complaints I have received in regards to fraudulent robo-calls. More recently, I have condemned such actions in the House of Commons.

Several weeks ago, I wrote to the Speaker of the House of Commons, requesting an emergency debate on this issue.  While unsuccessful in persuading him, I have continued to be a vocal and informed voice on this issue, calling for a formal independent inquiry and changes to our electoral system.

On March 12th, I launched our own campaign to allow the voice of Canadians to be heard on this critical issue. By taking action at www.robogate.ca, you can help me turn up the heat on the Harper Conservatives and get the independent inquiry into this scandal our democracy so desperately needs.

Those who have conducted such egregious fraudulent calls must face jail time. Additionally, financial rebates for those specific elections must be cancelled and returned to Elections Canada if a political party if found to be responsible. (Political parties who obtain a certain percentage of the vote in a riding can receive up to 60% of their expenses refunded via Elections Canada, and 50% nationally. Combined, this amounts to tens of millions of dollars for the Conservative Party.) Only through such strong measures will we create a meaningful deterrent to these actions.

Lastly, I would love to have the opportunity for you to join my electronic mailing list, so I can keep you up to date on this and other issues that are important to you.  I encourage you to take a moment to sign up by visiting my MP website, and to fill out a survey on your interests.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to write.

Elizabeth May, O.C., M.P.
Elizabeth May, O.C., M.P.
Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands
Leader of the Green Party of Canada

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