Elections Canada has confirmed it has launched an investigation into
so-called "robocalls" used during the 2011 federal election after
receiving a high volume of complaints.
The agency has received more than 31,000 contacts after MPs and
political parties called on the public in recent weeks to send it
information regarding the recorded messages, it said in release Friday.
The volume of responses is so high Elections Canada said it has the
authority to call in additional resources such as the RCMP, the release
Elections Canada typically doesn't confirm or deny a complaint or
ongoing investigations unless it meets a certain criteria, such as the
"need to maintain public confidence in the fairness of an electoral
process" as set out in the Canada Elections Act.
The agency will provide a report to Parliament, but didn't set a deadline.
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