LISTEN: 'Shame on you': Bergeron tells Côté over robocalls
Montreal mayoralty candidate Marcel Côté admitted today that his party was responsible for the robocalls attacking opponent Richard Bergeron.
The automated calls — more than a thousand of them — asked residents if they knew Bergeron and his Projet Montreal party were involved in a suspected financing scandal, but didn't identify that the calls came from Côté's Coalition Montreal.
That's illegal, under election rules.
This afternoon, Côté owned up to the calls, saying, they were a mistake and they should have double-checked.
But for Bergeron, that admission wasn't good enough, calling the calls "unacceptable".
"Mr. Côté, what you did discredits you for the rest of the campaign," Bergeron said. "Shame on you."
Another mayoralty candidate, Denis Coderre, is also denouncing the calls, and is considering filing a complaint with Quebec's chief electoral officer.
A report last week claimed several members of Projet Montreal party are under investigation by the Montreal police municipal integrity squad (EPIM) over an alleged embezzlement of $36,000 — in connection with the financing of a Plateau Mont-Royal-based community group with supposed ties to the party.
Projet Montreal officials vehemently deny any wrongdoing.
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