Earlier this month, we reported complaints about awkwardly-timed automated phone calls coming from provincial Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark's campaign. Ms. Clark apologized for those calls on her Facebook page. But it's against this backdrop that her competitor Kevin Falcon is now promising to limit his own use of demon dialers.
In an email being sent to party members, Mr. Falcon writes, "I've been on the campaign trail for almost two months now, and all over BC, I am hearing the same thing: British Columbians are sick and tired of robocalls. So while other candidates continue to have their computers make their calls with pre-recorded messages over and over and over again, I've told my campaign to cool it." The following is a complete copy of that email.
Valuing Your Family's Time
Are you tired of those unsolicited, computer-generated calls with pre-recorded messages from BC Liberal leadership candidates? Me too.
It's called "demon dialing". It's fast, cheap and, for most people, it's one of the most annoying things around.
At first, I thought it was only me who was irritated by these calls-which always seem to come at supper time, or as my wife and I are putting our daughter to bed, or even as late as 10 p.m.
But I've been on the campaign trail for almost two months now, and all over BC, I am hearing the same thing: British Columbians are sick and tired of robocalls.
So, while other candidates continue to have their computers make their calls with pre-recorded messages over and over and over again, I've told my campaign to cool it. You may have noticed we have only done one in early December, and another to invite you to a regional teleforum if you live in Northern BC or the Okanagan.
I believe in old-fashioned campaigning using modern day techniques. Getting out, meeting people, shaking hands, and hearing their thoughts and answering their questions, eye-to-eye: that's what I love to do. Mail is another tried and true way to talk to people. The Internet and social media are a digital way to connect with people, especially with younger generations of voters-so I have used things like e-mail, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, www.kevinfalcon.com
I am trying everything I can to foster real, face-to-face communication through these means. I believe in campaigning when it's convenient for voters-not when it's convenient for my computer to call you. So, over the coming weeks, as our Party heads towards Leadership Voting Day on February 26, you'll hear from me and my campaign via e-mail, calls made by real people, and through the mail.
We will make two more recorded phone calls in this campaign: one to invite you to a regional telephone town hall, and a second call on voting day to remind you to go out and vote, hopefully for me. I wish I could do away with the recorded invite to the teleforum, however the technology doesn't allow for it. But you have my word: I'm in the telephone town hall, live and waiting to talk to you directly.
These are exciting times for our party. Thousands of new people who are committed to our free enterprise coalition have joined. So, as we head to voting day, I'd like to ask you for your support so we continue to build our Party and our Province... together!
For more information, please visit www.kevinfalcon.com