More than 100 people rallied in Winnipeg Sunday to urge the House of Commons to get to the bottom of the robocall scandal. “This is something that affects everyone,” said 22-year-old Jonathan Ventura, carrying a polling station sign with arrows pointing in all directions. The student, who doesn’t belong to a political party, was joined by MPs past and present, pro-democracy, peace, labour and environmental group members at the corner of River Avenue and Osborne Street, carrying signs and waving Canadian flags. Similar demonstrations took place across Canada Sunday.
In Winnipeg, they passed around petitions calling for an investigation into alleged election fraud and voter violations, and for byelections to be held in the ridings where election laws were broken. The crowd marched to the office of Winnipeg South Centre Conservative MP Joyce Bateman to present the petition. Her Corydon Avenue office was closed.
The former Liberal MP for the riding, Anita Neville, did not march to Bateman’s office but attended the rally. She said there were reports of voters in her riding receiving robocalls telling them their polling station had been moved to a church in Charleswood. Voters in her old riding are well-informed and knew where they’re supposed to vote, she said. “Equally concerning were the harassing calls saying they were from the Liberals,” said Neville. They expected “dirty tricks” during the campaign but were so caught up in the election that they didn’t focus on sourcing them, she said Sunday.
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