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Tories may have broken 2011 election rules with US Republican campaigners in Ontario

U.S. directors from Front Porch Strategies worked “in the trenches” for Tory candidates in 2011, going door to door and openly campaigning for Conservative candidates, the firm's Canadian liason said.

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Front Porch Strategies CEO Matthew Parker in the campaign office of assistant defence minister Julian Fantino during the 2011 election. Photo: Facebook.

In at least two Conservative-won ridings with reported election irregularities, Front Porch Strategies had US staff on the ground – possibly against Elections Canada rules barring foreign campaigning. In the wake of the “robocall” voter suppression scandal, the Republican-tied U.S. firm hired by 14 Conservative campaigns admitted on Friday to having had U.S. staff working "in the trenches" during the 2011 elections, in an apparent violation of the Canada Election Act which bars foreign political involvement.

Americans PJ Wenzel and Matthew Parker -- director and CEO of Front Porch Strategies, respectively – participated directly in at least two Canadian Conservative campaigns, according to social media updates and a photograph from the successful election campaigns of associate defence minister Julian Fantino and MP Rick Dykstra, immigration minister Jason Kenney's parliamentary secretary.

The revelations contradict Conservative party claims that Front Porch Strategies' only role during the election was to conduct telephone town halls.

Republican strategists helping Conservatives' campaign

Matt and PJ headed to Toronto tomorrow to campaign for Conservative Candidates!” Front Porch Strategies posted on their official Facebook page on April 18, 2011. “Nothing like getting in the trenches with terrific people who are going to make a difference once elected.”

The next day, Front Porch's Facebook page featured a photograph of Parker, telephone in hand, as he looked over what appears to be a voter contact list and a poster stating: “Election day is Monday, May 2. YOU CAN VOTE NOW.”

Below the photo was the caption: “Matt lending a hand for MP Fantino here in the greater Toronto area (GTA),” followed by a Front Porch Strategies comment three days later: “We need to get VoIP [Voice Over Internet Protocol] phones up there... dialing numbers is so 'old-fashioned'.... we need to get them the '21st Century Technology.'”

(16) Comments

Cheena Eagle Graham April 9th 2012 | 8:20 PM

Well, their FB pages and website tell a lot more of the truth than they do - listen to them trying to back-pedalnow!  LOL - Of course they were here - of course that is the reason for them being here -  that's what they had on their webpage - not 'going to TO for a meeting' - of course they campaigned by knocking on doors and telephoning voters!!  Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out!  'Only for an hr and a half'???  Don't make me laugh!! And they are saying now they 'only' participated in 'town hall' type phone calls - WRONG!  This has been proven by another investigative journalist in the past.  Do some more digging and you will come up with a lot more on this 'group'......

Don't forget - it's the Repubnutz that schooled harpo in dirty politics - they know exactly what they did, and so does he!

 

 

double nickel April 10th 2012 | 12:12 PM
If lies were silk strands, the Harercons could spin each Canadian a new silk suit, and have lots left over.
trout April 10th 2012 | 1:13 PM

The 'Conservatives' ARE the Republicans.

 The Tory party is long gone, Canada was taken in a coup by agents of a foreign power.

 It's time to call a spade a spade.

It does the people of Canada no service to keep calling the Republicans 'Tories' , or to refer to Republicanism as 'Western Populism' for that matter.

Man-O-Man April 10th 2012 | 2:14 PM
It's absolutely sickening to see what damage conservatism does to society. It's like organized crime has taken over the conservative party and the republican party down south. Not only are their policies backwards and anti human, their methods are illegal. And in Canada they are actually in power!!!! Wow. I mean WOW!
John P. Teschke April 10th 2012 | 3:15 PM

This is factual evidence that Harper is nothing more than a client of foreign interests running Canada on behalf of the most regressive fascist elements from south of the border.

mark April 10th 2012 | 3:15 PM

I never saw The VO do any investigation into the likes of Avaaz or George Soros and their efforts to fund and staff opposition groups to Stephen Harper's Conservatives. These groups are well funded and well organized are are directly trying to influence Canadian sovereignty and Canadian elections. Similarly, where was your investigation into Michael Moore going on CBC during the 2004 general federal election and vociferously condemning the Conservatives and advising us not to vote for them on National Television?

And GOD FORBID we go with the simplest explanation for all of this, which is that FP employees were simply doing consulting work on how to improve the Tory Campaign, including monitoring tory operations, following along with them on door knocking to advise candidates on their 'sales pitch' or recommending new technologies (gee, they should really get VOIP phones here!)

 

But hey, anything for an anti-tory story, hey?

Tim Eye April 10th 2012 | 3:15 PM

My friends, this Emporer (Harper) has no clothes!

His Tyrannacal Government has no legitimacy through fraud!

Time for a full public enquiry!

Manchild April 10th 2012 | 6:18 PM

CPC   Criminal Party of Canada

Paul In Ontario April 10th 2012 | 6:18 PM
In the 2008 election, American movie producer and left-winger Michael Moore flew to Canada and helped campaign, going door to door with some Liberal candidates. A complaint was filed with Elections Canada for a violation of the rule supposedly broken here, and the reply was no biggie, everyone move along
john April 10th 2012 | 7:19 PM

Of course they did, i've know this for awhile now.  Just look West, PR firms being hired & Americain style politico.

 

Thomas Corbett April 11th 2012 | 6:06 AM

I'm not surprised; when I worked with the National Citizen's Coalition (as did Stephen Harper who went there to sulk after having a falling out with Preston Manning) we used a top Republican campaigner (Arthur J. Finkelstein) and it was here that Harper became acquainted with the type of attack advertising that Arthur was the master of if not originator of in U.S. politics. I wouldn't be surprised if Harper either used him for Conservative Party work or at least took what he learned from Arthur for Conservative Party attack ads.

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redtory April 11th 2012 | 9:09 AM
I agree 100% with Thomas Corbett, when I attended the first reform party convention in Winnipeg they showed ad's used in the southern states and third world countries with lots of blood and violence. These ads work for small uneducated people and other dimwits who follow these fenatics without really investigating the facts. Harper gets his ideas right out the NAZI playbook, Tell the big lie and scare the peasants so the the loud mouth (stongman) wins. Truth, honour and good manners have no place in Fascist politics.
catherine pearse April 12th 2012 | 6:06 AM

My goodness, these people are involved in other areas too:

"Front Porch Wins Major Award for TeleForum"... April 2 2012

"Town Hall Event Helped Build Holocaust Monument in Canada"

http://frontporchstrategies.us/2012/04/front-porch-wins-major-award-for-teleforum/

dawn April 13th 2012 | 8:08 AM

NEW ELECTION NOW...THE CONS ARE NOT THE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT...WHEN YOU CHEAT AS THEY DID IN SO MANY RIDINGS RIGHT ACROSS THIS COUNTRY THEN THEY NEED TO PAY THE PENALTY FOR THAT......

 

ACMESalesRep April 13th 2012 | 10:10 AM
mark wrote:

I never saw The VO do any investigation into the likes of Avaaz or George Soros and their efforts to fund and staff opposition groups to Stephen Harper's Conservatives.

That's because there's no particular evidence that they were, and certainly no evidence that the other parties had foreign nationals knocking on doors. Furthermore, it's not the opposition parties that have expressed "concern" about foreign influence in government; it's only the Conservatives, adding an additional touch of hypocrisy to what might otherwise be yet another simple violation of our election laws.

 

Benalbanach August 22nd 2013 | 12:12 PM

We need to announce an amnesty for those who voted this misbegotten bunch into office. Based of course on them voting them out come next election. This has been more of an illness than a government