Spam texts from Andrew Scheer and other politicians are here to stay - 2019-04-03
Many Canadians were surprised this weekend when their phones were buzzed by an incoming spam text from an unexpected political source.
The Conservative Party of Canada mass-texted millions of randomly generated phone numbers in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick, telling recipients that gasoline prices were about to spike and they should fill up. The texts were meant to drum up political opposition to the Trudeau government's carbon tax, which came into effect Monday in the four provinces that didn't come up with carbon pricing plans of their own.
The text messages linked to a different web address in each province. In each case, the link brought visitors to a web page that said that Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer plans to scrap the carbon tax if he becomes prime minister and invited visitors to enter personal information — such as email addresses and postal codes — if they also oppose the tax.