Elections Canada calls for crackdown on 'deceptive' political phone calls - 2013-03-28

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F0.png Elections Canada calls for crackdown on 'deceptive' political phone calls March 28, 2013, National Post

Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand wants Parliament to overhaul Canada's elections law to prevent deceptive telephone calls by adding stiffer penalties and giving new powers to investigators.

In a recommendation aimed directly at the calls received in Guelph, Ont., on the 2011 election day, Mayrand says Parliament should close a loophole in the Criminal Code and make it illegal to impersonate an Elections Canada official. He advises maximum penalties on conviction of violators of $250,000 in fines and five years in jail.

In a report tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, Mayrand suggests that political parties develop "codes of conduct" aimed at preventing the kind of misleading phone calls reported by more than 1,400 Canadians in 247 ridings in the last election.

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