A former MP battling to regain his seat in a hotly-contested Winnipeg riding says unknown imposters are calling voters on behalf of the party and being rude to people in order to turn them off voting Liberal in the upcoming federal election.
Liberal Candidate Ray Simard said Tuesday that he was out door-knocking in the St. Boniface riding Monday afternoon and was told by potential voters that they had been contacted by someone representing the Liberals and were treated poorly.
Simard said similar calls have been happening to Liberal candidates in eight other Canadian ridings — in one case the calls were coming from somewhere in North Dakota, Simard said.
He suggested the calls may be orchestrated by the Conservatives, but admitted he had no proof.
“It’s part of the way these guys do business,” he told Metro Winnipeg.
“I don’t think it’s the NDP, I don’t think it’s the Green Party,” he said.
In the 2008 Federal Election, Simard lost his seat to incumbent Conservative MP Shelly Glover.