News Release Article from  Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

The CRTC publishes citations for violations under the Voter Contact Registry

August 29, 2016 – Ottawa–Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today published notice of 10 citation letters issued by its Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer for alleged violations under the Voter Contact Registry during the 2015 federal election.

The citations are for failing to file a registration notice.

Three entities that received a citation letter are calling service providers (Touchlogic, Servicom LLC and Telepoll Market Research), while the other seven citation letters were issued to persons or groups representing political candidates during their campaign: Sabin Gaudreault (Bloc Québécois), Chandra Arya (Liberal Party of Canada) and James Cumming, Rob Clarke, Ninder Thind, John Barlow and Alex Nuttall (Conservative Party of Canada).

Quick Facts

  • The CRTC is responsible for establishing and maintaining the Voter Contact Registry during federal elections and by-elections and to investigate possible violations.
  • The Voter Contact Registry is intended to protect Canadians from rogue or misleading telephone calls during the federal election, and to ensure that those who contact voters during an election do so transparently.
  • Among the measures at its disposal, the CRTC can send warning letters, issue citations or impose penalties of up to $1,500 per violation per day for individuals and up to $15,000 per violation per day for a corporation.
  • A total of 1,460 registrations were filed with the CRTC for the 42nd General Election, including 554 from calling service providers and 906 from other persons or groups.
  • The 42nd General Election was held from August 2, 2015 to October 19, 2015.

Quote

“During the 2015 federal election, our objective was to ensure those making calls followed the new requirements under the Voter Contact Registry. The citations inform recipients that it is alleged that a violation was committed. We expect that they will take the necessary measures to comply fully with the registry should they want to call voters during a future federal election or by-election.”

Manon Bombardier, CRTC Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer

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