The CRTC delivered a rebuke to the Conservative Party yesterday for its questionable fundraising practices. The latest Conservative violation of the rules is shining a spotlight on their record of dirty tricks when it comes to fundraising tactics.
“The Do-not-call list is a cornerstone of consumer protection. It was brought in to respect Canadians wishes,” said New Democrat Consumer Protection critic Glenn Thibeault. “It is very troubling to see Conservatives are flaunting this list and unwilling to follow the rules.”
The Conservative Party has a history of crossing ethical lines with their aggressive fundraising methods.
A copy of a fundraising training manual obtained by the media exposed the high pressure tactics Conservative fundraisers were being encouraged to use – including ways to pressure pensioners, widowers and the unemployed to donate.
“In the pursuit of money the Conservatives see no problem with bending, twisting and—as we see with this CRTC ruling—breaking the rules,” said Thibeault. “They should listen to what people are telling them and stop calling.”