Falcon pledges to limit robo-caller use

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.

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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 , and mobile phone apps to do that.

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 , or drop me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you as our campaign continues and I travel the Province.

Kevin Falcon

4 Comments

There is no possibility of anyone living in our house of ever voting for the BC Liberals, yet so far we have received two such calls. Its pretty bad when we have to not answer until after the answering machine does it's thing A pox on the Liberal election attempts. Don't they even have a list of who are their members?

Robocalling is important to sortie generation and GOTV efforts. Not everybody reads Public Eye Online... and your house has a pox on it :-).

Avoter there was a time when parties went out and identified their votes as accurately as possible and then concentrated on those voters. These days that is too much work and involves too many volunteers. It is easy if you have a lot of money to hire a marketing firm and just let them do the same annoying work that telemarketers engage in. You throw a lot of effort out there and hope that it brings results. If you don't have a lot of contributors and therefore political debt to repay, then you rely on volunteers to go door-to-door.Money makes them lazy and we get the government that proves it.

Hal I agree with part of what you are saying, but in this paid up party members only election I see no sense in the scatter gun approach, but I guess it's cheaper that way. We have all gone door to door in general elections to identify possible and solid supporters. This random phoning is a pain in the behind

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