“Check your sources … make sure you’re aware of where you’re getting your information and go and vote. So these are pretty basic, but powerful messages.”
Voters should turn to Elections Canada for voting information, he said, adding that sometimes there are genuine errors, involving new information or weather events, that result in changes to polling stations.
“There’s some confusion and it’s not always malevolent,” he said. An Elections Canada team will respond “rapidly,” though, in the case of misinformation. This could mean correcting the information online by posting on the Elections Canada website or referring the incident to the Commissioner of Canada Elections, who could investigate.
Mr. Perrault also said Elections Canada is taking a handful of other proactive measures. He said the agency has identified third-party advertisers who had registered in past elections – provincial and federal – and will reach out to them ahead of the election to inform them of the advertising rules.
“We don’t know whether or not these groups will be third parties of course during the election but we’ll proactively reach out to them, should they want to be a third party.”
Elections Canada will also launch a campaign aimed at young Canadians. Mr. Perrault said that in the last federal election, there were voting kiosks on 40 university campuses and that, so far, there will be 117 in October.
Overall, Mr. Perrault said Elections Canada is in a good position to deliver the next election.
With just six months before Canadians head to the polls, the Conservative Party is proving to have the strongest fundraising numbers. It raised $8-million from 50,026 individual donors in the first three months of the year.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said in a statement that, after the SNC-Lavalin scandal, "it’s clear Canadians want change,” calling it a record fundraising quarter for his party.
Meanwhile, the Liberal Party raked in less than half that amount, posting contributions that total $3.8-million from 33,290 donors. Party president Suzanne Cowan said in a statement that Liberal campaigns across Canada “have started 2019 strong,” citing growth in grassroots fundraising and momentum in volunteer engagement.
Guillaume Francoeur, a spokesman for the NDP, said the party pulled in $1.2-million from 13,713 donors.
“Our fundraising numbers continue to trend in the right direction, but more work needs to be done to bring in the change that Canadians need,” Mr. Francoeur said.
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