Join Rick Mercer’s call to stop election fraud robocalls (see video below) and please join everyone across Canada by sending your letter, and also by signing the petition here or here calling for politicians across Canada (see list below) to pass effective laws to stop election fraud robocalls, and to strengthen enforcement of election laws.
You’ve heard lots of talk from politicians saying they are concerned about false election robocalls and enforcement of election laws, but it is clear politicians need to be pushed to make key changes to stop false election robocalls and strengthen enforcement.
False robocalls were received by tens of thousands of voters in more than 230 ridings during the spring 2011 federal election, and were also used to mislead voters in some recent provincial elections.
Last March, federal politicians unanimously supported Democracy Watch’s proposal to pass a law quickly to stop false election robocalls, and the NDP’s motion about the law set a deadline for this fall for the federal Conservative government to introduce the law.
To their credit, the NDP recently introduced a bill to make key changes. In contrast, the Conservatives have failed to comply with the resolution they voted for by failing to introduce a government bill to prohibit election fraud robocalls by the end of September.
The Conservatives have also failed to publicly support the NDP’s bill.
Measures to make false robocalls illegal and essentially impossible will help, but there are also enforcement problems.
Elections Canada has failed to disclose the rulings it has made on more than 3,000 complaints it has received since 1997, and has recently made some very questionable rulings. Elections Canada must be required to disclose every ruling it makes to ensure it proves to Canadians that it is enforcing the law fairly and properly (and election agencies across Canada must also be required to disclose all their rulings).
So please help win these changes by joining with everyone across Canada by sending your letter, and by signing the petition here or here, calling not only on federal politicians to introduce and pass a law to stop false election robocalls and strengthen enforcement, but also for politicians in every province and territory to pass similar laws that apply to their provincial, territorial, and municipal elections.
And please help Democracy Watch keep this campaign going until all election laws across the country are changed to ban false robocalls and to ensure fair elections – please donate now here.
Thank you very much!
See why Rick Mercer thinks robocalls must be stopped:
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If you fill in your information and click SEND to send the letter on the right-hand side of this page, your letter is sent to the following key politicians across Canada that have the most power to make decisions about this issue:
- the Prime Minister and the leaders of the federal opposition parties;
- the Premiers of every province and territory, and the leaders of provincial and territorial opposition parties;
- key federal Cabinet ministers (Democratic Reform Minister and Treasury Board Minister) and related opposition party critics;
- members of key federal House of Commons committees (Access, Privacy and Ethics Committee, Procedure and House Affairs Committee, and Government Operations Committee);
- members of key federal Senate committees (Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, and Rules, Procedures and Rights of Parliament Committee).