Robocall Protest Planned for Winnipeg on Sunday

In light of the recent fallout from the robocall scandal during Canada’s last federal election, a protest has been planned in Winnipeg on Sunday.

The peaceful protest will begin at River and Osborne and coincide with a national protest in response to “misleading and fraudulent phone calls during the May 2011 federal election,” according to organizers.

The protest will begin at 1:30 p.m. and make its way to MP Joyce Bateman’s constituency office at 611 Corydon Avenue..

Speakers include Winnipeg North MP Kevin Lamoureux, and former MP and MLA Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

Elections Canada received about 31,000 reports from 57 ridings of fraudulent phone calls instructing voters their polling location had been changed.

“Attempts at voter suppression are an affront to Canada’s democratic tradition. Canadians deserve a full investigation, especially since these widespread calls may have affected outcome of the election,” said Josh Brandon, one of the organizers of the protest. “By-elections are needed so that Canadians know that their votes still count.”