Friday, August 14, 2015

#Elxn42...The Absolute Uselessness Of The Robocall Registry.


The former blogger previously known as Sushiboy (i.e. Glen McGregor) has the story in the OCit.

Here is his lede:

The names of more than 150 registrants listed on the much-vaunted “robocalls registry,” intended to prevent fraudulent calls to voters, will be kept secret until after the federal election.

The Conservative government created the Voter Contact Registry last year as part of the Fair Elections Act, in response to outrage over pre-recorded calls in Guelph that directed voters to the wrong polling location in the 2011 election...

But wait, there's more.

Essentially it is that new FedCon elections 'law' that is preventing the citizenry from finding out what's actually going on:

...The registry is now up and running but voters will have no way of consulting it to see if the calls they receive are legitimate until at least a month after the Oct. 19 election.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commissions (CRTC), which administers the registry, says it is prevented by law from disclosing the registry until 30 days after balloting.

“As the timing of the publication of the registration notices is specifically set out in the Fair Elections Act, the decision to publish the list after the elections was made by Parliament,” wrote spokesperson Patricia Valladao in an email...



Here's the thing.

The fine folks currently running the show don't care what happens AFTER the election as they have already demonstrated, in both 2008 and 2011, that any and all allegations can and will always be taken care of.

Which is why the 66% of us Canadians that want a new government have to work together to make sure that it is not even close on Oct 19th.



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