… in addition to the robocalled ones. I’m going to need a bigger list:
Callers on behalf of the federal Conservative Party were instructed in the days before last year’s election to read scripts telling voters that Elections Canada had changed their voting locations, say telephone operators who worked for a Thunder Bay-based call centre…
Something is very seriously wrong with this story, however. The big news from the Star is that RMG call centre employees may account for some of the live-call misdirections which are on my list:
Desgagné… said some workers shortened their script — although they weren’t supposed to — and said “I’m calling from Elections Canada.”
Now, I’ve never been blessed with a job at a call centre, but I know enough people who have been that I have a rough idea how it works. Scripts may not exactly be holy writ, but they matter. So does the law. Deliberately sending people to the wrong polling station is a crime, but they can claim ignorance on that front. On the other hand, deliberately impersonating Elections Canada is a crime too.
The Star wants mo te believe, it seems, that multiple low-level telemarketers independently decided to impersonate Elections Canada by going off-script. Colour me skeptical. There is more to this than meets the eye.Tweet