A company which performs research and polling tasks for the Conservative Party has been allegedly censured through its industry’s’ caretaking body, which concluded that it has made inappropriate calls to the voters in the Montreal riding of Liberal MP Irwin Cotler’s.
The company, named Campaign Research, is concluded to have violated public confidence and its professional responsibilities through “acts, omissions and public statements.” This decision was made by the complaints panel of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association. The panel also declared that “the firm has likely diminished public confidence in the marketing research industry.” Cotler previously filed a complaint against the company last year in the House of Commons, alleging that it has made call to his Mount Royal riding voters, posing that Cotler is going to step down from his seat. Cotler accused that these calls were a fair obstruction to his ability to do job as an MP.
MRIA recorded a total of seven such complaints about such phone calls, which the Conservatives claimed were suppose to only identify potential voters. Conservative MPs didn’t deny being behind the calls, but in fact they argued that their actions are protected as freedom of speech, asserting that they were only identifying potential voters. A statement of the association asserted that these complaints are also attributed as public statements made by a principal of Campaign Research in ensuing media coverage. The association is a voluntary organization, but has a complaint resolution process for issues with its member firms.
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