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2nd Liberal says residents targeted by harassing calls

Two Liberal candidates have now asked Elections Canada to investigate reports that residents in their ridings are being harassed by calls falsely claiming to be with their campaigns.

Two Liberal candidates have now asked Elections Canada to investigate reports that residents in their ridings are being harassed by calls falsely claiming to be with their campaigns.

Ontario Liberal candidate Bob Speller said that multiple live and automated phone calls are being made to residences of some people who are known to be Liberal supporters. Some of the people are asked to take a sign. 

"The purpose appears to be to alienate Liberal supporters or people leaning towards the Liberals so they become angry and do not vote," his campaign said in a statement.

Speller, a former MP, is trying to recapture the Haldimand-Norfolk riding from Conservative candidate Diane Finley.

Liberal candidate Joe Volpe, the incumbent candidate in the Toronto riding of Eglinton-Lawrence, has filed a similar complaint.

Volpe said angry residents have called him to complain that they are being harassed by repeated calls from a North Dakota phone number claiming to represent his campaign.