Libby asks the Conservative government about their manipulative fundraising tactics

House of Commons


March 7, 2012

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) :

Mr. Speaker, this morning, like others, I was shocked to hear the recorded fundraising calls of one Don Duke, calling on behalf of the Conservative party.

In these calls he treats people on the other end of the line like dirt, all in the name of filling up the Conservative war chest. The company doing the calling, RMG, received over $1.3 million from local Conservative campaigns in an unknown amount from the central campaign.

My question is, how much did the Conservative war chest grow from these strong-arming tactics?

Mr. Dean Del Mastro (Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, CPC) :

 Mr. Speaker, I am aware that a single member was fired for not upholding the very clear standards that this party holds itself to. We are very proud of the standards that we have set forth. Obviously, Canadians have supported us in that because they have in fact voted for Conservatives right across the country.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) :

Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives cannot write this off by just saying it is some sort of isolated situation.

The fact is, RMG merged with Xentel, that has similar dubious tactics. In February 2010, Xentel was fined $500,000 by the CRTC for violating Canada’s do not call list.

It was also charged $75,000 in Missouri for “manipulative high pressure techniques to solicit donations”. Sound familiar?

The Conservatives are accusing the NDP of demeaning voters when we ask tough questions.

However, what could be more demeaning than funding Xentel and RMG’s unethical behaviour?