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Robocall voting scandal

2012-03-16

Queen’s University political studies experts Kathy Brock and Melanee Thomas are available to talk about issues involving the robocall federal election scandal.

Dr. Kathy Brock is a School of Policy Studies professor who specializes in federal politics. She can talk about the robocalling scandal in relation to the Elections Act, Parliamentary procedures and the impact on the quality of democracy. She can also address some of problems of using American election tactics in Canadian elections.

Dr. Thomas, who is the Skelton-Clark Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Queen’s Political Studies department, feels there is a fundamental difference between the Vikileaks scandal – which involved the Liberals – and the robocall scandal – which allegedly involves the Conservatives.

“Vikileaks is not very nice politics and it could be unethical but it contributes to public debate. Obstructing and delaying people’s ability to vote is illegal – Section 3 of the Constitution says everyone has the right to vote. Robocalls fundamentally undermines the practice of democracy,” says Dr. Thomas.

Please note Dr. Brock is unavailable between 1-4 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Dr. Thomas is only available Wednesday, Feb. 29 for phone interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi (office: 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, cell:613-329-9104, michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (office:613-533-2877, cell:613-484-3979, Anne.Craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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