'Reprehensible' calls about Cotler beyond Speaker's power - 2011-12-13

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F182.png 'Reprehensible' calls about Cotler beyond Speaker's power December 13, 2011, Laura Payton, CBC News

House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer says he has no power to deal with Conservative phone calls in Irwin Cotler's riding that falsely claim the Liberal MP is stepping down.

Cotler raised the issue in the House of Commons last month, arguing that phone calls telling people in his riding that a by-election is imminent is a breach of his privilege as an MP.

Cotler said his office traced the calls to Campaign Research, an Ontario-based market research firm with ties to the Conservative Party.

Conservative MPs didn't deny being behind the calls, arguing that they are protected as free speech, and that they were just trying to identify potential voters.

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