Election fraud 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.
We need political party leaders across Canada to step up and take real action now to pass strong laws to stop false election robocalls and ensure anyone who tries a fraud call will be caught and penalized.
Many voters had one of their key democracy rights violated, and this must not be allowed to happen ever again to anyone in Canada!
Please sign this petition calling for strong laws with no loopholes to be passed by the federal government, and every provincial and territorial government, to ensure fraudulent anonymous robocalls and mass messages can’t be used to try to win any election or by-election in Canada, and to strengthen election law enforcement and penalties.
Stop election fraud robocalls, and strengthen enforcement of election laws NOW!
Election fraud 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. These many voters had one of their key democracy rights violated, and this must not be allowed to happen ever again to anyone in Canada!
Last March, federal politicians unanimously passed a motion setting a deadline for this September for the federal Conservative government to introduce a law to stop false robocalls.
This strong, loophole-free law is needed now at the federal level, and also in every province, territory and municipality across Canada, to help ensure honest, fair elections and by-elections in Canada by making it essentially impossible to make a false, anonymous election robocall.
Election laws must be changed to require every person or company of any kind that provides any kind of calling or messaging service leading up to or during any Canadian election or by-election campaign to confirm the identity of anyone or any organization booking or sending a robocall or mass call or message before allowing any call or message is delivered, and must require the person or organization paying for the call or message to pay in a way that identifies them clearly, and must require the call or message to identify the person or organization making and paying for the call or message.
The penalty for false election robocalls and messages must be jail terms and fines, and also that the election candidate or candidates associated with the person or organization who books or pays for the call will not be allowed to be a member of the legislature, or a Cabinet appointee, for 7 years (this is the current penalty for some types of election fraud in the federal Elections Act, and this strong penalty is needed to ensure false robocalls and messages are not used to try to win elections).
If these measures are not in the law, anyone will continue to be able to try to win a Canadian election by making false robocalls under a false name.
Measures to make anonymous false robocalls illegal and essentially impossible, and increasing penalties, will help, but there are also fair election 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. Every election agency across Canada must be required to disclose every ruling they have made during the past 15 years, and every ruling they make in the future, to ensure they all prove to Canadians that they enforce election laws fairly and properly.
I urge you to do everything you can to ensure that these changes are made as soon as possible. I will be deciding which political party to vote for in the next election based on what each party does to ensure these changes are made.