Conservatives admit to Saskatchewan robocalls

The Conservative Party of Canada is blaming "an internal miscommunication" for unidentified robocalls that went out in Saskatchewan.
The proposed new federal electoral map for Saskatchewan proposes 14 ridings, with five of them mostly all urban. (Saskatchewan federal electoral boundaries commission)

The Conservative Party of Canada has taken responsibility for robocalls that went out last week in Saskatchewan.

The robocalls were regarding proposed changes to federal electoral boundaries in the province.

Fred DeLorey, director of communications for the Conservative Party, said the calls should have been identified as coming from the federal Conservatives.

"There was an internal miscommunication on the matter," DeLorey said in a news release. "As I said in the past, we are not polling on this issue."

The news release does not explain why the Conservative Party was not identified in the calls.

Dave McGrane, a political scientist at the University of Saskatchewan, said several people emailed him to report getting robocalls on the issue. He said the company making the calls used the name Chase Research.

McGrane said the calls asked a question that suggested redistribution would destroy Saskatchewan and pit rural against urban.

Some of Saskatchewan's Conservative MPs have already been vocal about their opposition to the proposed changes, including Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre's Tom Lukiwski.

"Right now, most MPs in Saskatchewan represent a good cross-section of Saskatchewan's industries and population," Lukiwski said. "Under the proposed system, urban and rural interests in the province would be pitted against each other."