Quebec Liberals complain of robocall attacks
Published Monday, September 3, 2012 1:29PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, September 4, 2012 10:37AM EDT
MONTREAL--The Quebec Liberal Party is denouncing what it reports to be a case of robocall fraud aimed at undermining the party in Quebec City and Laval.
The Liberals put out a press release Monday claiming that automated calls, falsely claiming to be from the Liberal Party, were being made to Quebec City homes in an effort to undermine the party’s support.
The Liberals posted what it said was the audio content of the calls on YouTube Monday.
The 30-second message consists of what sounds like the party's voicemail response message, inviting callers in French and Engilsh to leave a call after the beep.
The Liberal press release went on to state that the party has laid complaints to the provincial police, the phone company involved and Director of Elections.
The Liberals claim that a similar strategy was undertaken on the weekend in which Laval homes were called repeatedly by aggressive agents falsely pretending to be Liberal party representatives.
Thus far no independent verification of the claims has yet been made. Anybody who received such a call is invited to contact CTV Montreal.
A spokeswoman for Quebec's provincial police couldn't immediately confirm an official complaint had been filed.
Officials continue to investigate allegations of fraudulent and misleading phone calls made during the 2011 federal election.
A number of residents say they received automated phone calls from someone claiming to be from Elections Canada and directing them to a wrong or non-existent polling station.
While the misleading phone calls appeared to target non-Conservative voters, the Conservative party insists it had no involvement in any such scheme and says it is assisting the investigation.
--with files from The Canadian Press.