Mysterious political robotexts may just be the start in a new era of 3rd-party ads - 2019-08-06
In June, like many Ontarians, Liberal MP Pam Damoff got a mysterious text from an unknown number. The message started, "Hi, this is Sue from Ontario Strong," before prompting the recipient to respond with the name of the party they intended to vote for in the October federal election.
"How did you get my number, Sue? And who the heck is Ontario Strong?" Damoff wrote in a tweet .
It was a question likely posed by other Canadians who received similar texts over the last year from previously unheard-of groups like Alberta Proud and Newfoundland Strong. Each of the groups have since been revealed to be affiliated with a new third-party advertiser that recently registered for the federal election: Canada Strong and Proud.