It makes you wonder. I never answer phony polls like those your local member of parliament sends out. They are not real polls and even if they frame it as a petition, it rarely goes anywhere.
But I am appalled that Pierre Poilievre made money off of his silly petitions. I believe him when he says he has harvested more than 190,000 names and addresses off those years of phoney petitions. Most of the questions I have seen over the years are quite juvenile and I really would question what age group he was targeting.
My favourite though was the one to “Stop the Great Reset.” This is the proposal from the Davos World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland to help the world overcome the problems left to us from the pandemic. Did anyone who signed that petition know what the hell they were signing? That stupid petition even got then conservative leader Erin O’Toole mad at Poilievre. It was reported as being the reason he was pulled off the finance committee, where he was starting to build a following.
What bothers me about those petitions is I do not recall that there was a permission acknowledged anywhere on them that gave carte blanche to Mr. Poilievre to make use of the name, address, etc. for any purpose he might consider appropriate. It also amuses me that the firm in Edmonton that evaluated his list as being worth 2.15 cents per name for a total of $4,098.12 might have had some help from Mr. Poilievre finding that ridiculously low price.
That list is what those in the confidence game might consider gold-plated. It is a true sucker list. It is a list of people who have already proved their gullibility. Asking them to join the Conservative Party of Canada for just $15 and to vote for Mr. Poilievre was a no-brainer.
Getting them out to vote is usually your major problem.
But back to that list. If those petitions were on Mr. Poilievre’s parliamentary website, then they were paid for by the citizens of Canada. I would suggest to you, that at this point on the road to the prime minister’s office, Mr. Poilievre has made a mistake.
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