Roundup: Robo-calling on notice

The Chief Electoral Officer says he’ll recommend changes to the Elections Act in light of the whole robo-call mess. Campaigns are relying more and more on this kind of technology for voter outreach, and it looks like it might soon be reigned in.

Paul Wells picks apart the whole “Commonwealth super-embassies” speculation and takes note of the realities of diplomatic office sharing amongst European countries even with the UK in places. But what about the NDP Great British Menace™ talking point?

The low response rate to the voluntary household survey (ie – the replacement for the long-form census) is concerning to Statistics Canada, especially because the low-return rates are from rural and small towns, where that data is necessary for government planning.

Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddard (who is pretty awesome) warns that some of the websites you log into are illegally selling your personal information to third parties, and she’s given them three weeks to stop – or else. As for any privacy complaints arising from Jason Kenney’s office mining email addresses from concerned citizen emails and petitions, well, that’s not Stoddard’s jurisdiction, though she’s hoping future changes to privacy legislation will give her that oversight.

As Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault is conducting a review of Access to Information legislation, new survey data on ATIP request comes back with mediocre results when it comes to speed and comprehensiveness in replies.

Peter MacKay is being accused of trying to undercut the military ombudsman after warning him not to be too much of an advocate.

Last week’s NDP opposition day motion on hectoring the PM into meeting with the premiers failed. Try not to look too surprised.

Over in the Liberal leadership race, John McCallum thinks the field should be restricted to five candidates, lest the race become incoherent. One prospective candidate, David Bertschi, thinks they should up the entrance fee and lower the debt allowances in order to ensure a greater share of that ends up in party coffers to so that they can be better prepared for the next election.

Here is your recap of last night’s political shows.

And here’s a look at NDP leadership campaign debts. It seems that some of the candidates took out loans from either themselves or private individuals – as the party champions legislation that would see political loans being restricted to coming from banks or credit unions. But it’s not law yet, so it doesn’t count, right?