Who is Ontario Proud and why is it texting you? - 2018-06-04
A conservative political advocacy group is sending out mass unsolicited texts and phone calls attempting to gauge voters' intentions just days ahead of Thursday's election, raising questions about privacy and access to Ontarians' personal data.
The text messages usually begin with a greeting by "Olivia from Ontario Proud," who then asks which party the recipient plans to vote for in the election. They can respond with the names of the major parties, "Unsure," "NotVoting" or "?Stop?" to opt out of further messages.
Ontario Proud is a registered third-party advertiser dedicated mostly to posting anti-Liberal and anti-NDP memes on social media. The group's 364,000 Facebook likes are more than all three main provincial parties combined.