Anti-abortion group investigated by federal election commissioner for providing volunteers to 2019 candidates - 2020-05-08

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F49.png Anti-abortion group investigated by federal election commissioner for providing volunteers to 2019 candidates May 8, 2020, Peter Stockland, National Post

An anti-abortion group consisting of just two employees has received notice from the federal elections commissioner that it is being investigated for violating federal campaign laws. The investigation is looking into Ottawa-based RightNow's role in helping connect anti-abortion campaign volunteers with like-minded candidates during the 2019 federal election.

RightNow received a letter in February from the Commissioner of Canada Elections ordering it to submit documentation and agree to interviews with investigators over allegations it recruited, trained and co-ordinated volunteers "for up to 50 federal campaigns," which the letter alleges is contrary to the Canada Elections Act.

Scott Hayward, RightNow's co-founder and one of its two employees, said activities were limited to identifying "winnable" pro-life candidates from all parties, and matching them with local volunteers. He said it was then up to volunteers to get in touch with a given candidate's campaign to volunteer if they wanted to, and the candidates' teams assigned the volunteers their roles.

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{{cite news | first = Peter | last = Stockland | title = Anti-abortion group investigated by federal election commissioner for providing volunteers to 2019 candidates | url = https://nationalpost.com/news/anti-abortion-group-investigated-by-elections-canada-for-providing-volunteers-to-2019-candidates | work = National Post | date = May 8, 2020 | accessdate = May 9, 2020 }}