Robo-calls: 'Pierre Poutine' fingered in Elections Canada robo-call probe - 2012-02-28
OTTAWA—A disposable cellphone behind the misleading robo-calls to Guelph voters in the last federal election was registered to Pierre Poutine, of Separatist Street in Joliette, Que. The revelation was made in court documents as part of an Elections Canada probe to identify who was responsible for false messages about changes to voting locations received by voters in the riding of Guelph.
Elections Canada is investigating ties between the federal Conservatives and RackNine Inc., an Edmonton-based company used to make automated phone calls. The name behind the cellphone was first revealed Tuesday by Postmedia and the Ottawa Citizen, who obtained court documents filed as part of the Elections Canada investigation.
Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro said Tuesday his party had no role in the misleading phone calls in Guelph, even though Tory aide Michael Sona — who had worked in the riding during the election — quit his post without explanation Friday. "The Conservative Party of Canada does not place intentionally misleading calls to voters. We simply do not," Del Mastro said.