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Conservatives behind mysterious Sask. robocall campaign

Earlier this afternoon, Conservative spokesperson Fred DeLorey admitted that his party was, in fact, behind the recent rash of anti-redistribution robocalls that have been reported throughout Saskatchewan over the last few days. 

According to DeLorey, the calls "should have been identified" as coming from the party, but, due to an "internal miscommunication," were placed under the name of Chase Research. 

DeLorey was quizzed about the calls by Postmedia reporter Glen McGregor last week, but refused to admit to the calls, instead insisting that the party was "not polling" -- a position that he maintains even now, claiming that the campaign is just another part of the "host of things" that the party is doing to "communicate with voters and get their feedback." 

His full statement: 

In regards to the calls last week that went into Saskatchewan concerning redistribution, the calls came from the Conservative Party.
There was an internal miscommunication on the matter, and the calls should have been identified as coming from the Conservative Party.
As I said in the past, we are not polling on this issue, we already know where people stand - 75% of people who attended the public hearings and submitted written submissions opposed these drastic changes to the boundaries. 
But we are doing a host of things to communicate with voters and get their feedback.
Not only were these changes opposed by 75% of the public, but an actual member of the commission also opposed these changes, which led to an unprecedented Dissenting Report by the boundary commission.
We agree with the Dissenting Report of Commissioner David Marit on the basis that:
o   These drastic changes were opposed by 75% of the public who presented at the Commission's public hearings;
o   There will be fewer MPs representing urban areas than under the previous maps, a fact pointed out by the residents, city-councillors, and business leaders in Regina and Saskatoon;
o   Because of population growth, the next boundary commission will have to change the ridings back to rural-urban blends; and
Rural Saskatchewan plays a vital role in supporting the urban population centres and it only makes sense to have MPs that represent both rural and urban areas to reflect that important characteristic of the province.

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