US-funded eco group using Elections Canada database to pressure Conservative donors


Victoria-based but funded through the American organization Tides, Dogwood Initiative admits using Election Canada’s data-base to contact Conservative Party supporters:

Dogwood staff and volunteers contacted 7,000 Conservative Party donors… Those individuals were found using Election Canada documentation (see here)

Because that’s what voters want their personal information used for right?

Update: I have started the process of filing a complaint against Dogwood Initiative with the federal privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart

Update: I have also filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Canada Elections, Yves Côté


14 Responses to “US-funded eco group using Elections Canada database to pressure Conservative donors”

  1. Liz J Says:

    This is an outrage and no one is outraged?
    Appears Elections Canada can do anything they please with our information, they answer to themselves.
    This is a dangerous thing, people who are not tuned in to this stuff are vulnerable to be taken advantage of and fed wrong information to fit an specific agenda.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    And how did they get access to that information I wonder, will anyone investigate that? E.C. needs a good shakeup

  3. Annony Moose Says:

    The link says they are using ‘election canada documentation’, I suppose that means E.C.’s data base or is it something else?

  4. Annony Moose Says:

    In that case it would be illegal and a chargeable offense. Has anyone asked E.C. to investigate this.

  5. Pissedoff Says:

    Where are the super sleuths Maher and McGregor? Probably helping get this info to Dogwood.

    • Annony Moose Says:

      My thoughts too… Batman and Robin are pushing this agenda, too bad the rest of the media follows suit.

  6. Alain Says:

    Gee, I was naif enough to believe that this was against the law – that EC broke the law. Now imagine the outcry had perhaps the Fraser Institute had obtained the same information. I am not suggesting they should have access to the data either, but with EC one has to admit they are consistent in their partisanship even supporting foreigners seeking to sabotage our national economy.

    • Annony Moose Says:

      Strange though, this is out there for everyone to see, how is this overlooked?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Off topic: I’m not sure Dean…but someone informed me that Tony Merchant of offshore account fame is Amanda Lang’s Uncle. If true I don’t know what to make of that, at least from a CBC news perspective.
    Make of that what you will.

  8. Thucydides Says:

    We should not be asking the EC to investigate this, we should be asking the RCMP to investigate EC.

  9. Jasmine Says:

    This is why you call a grey area right?

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