Canada’s elections watchdog has sanctioned the Green Party for deliberately pushing “misleading” polling data to sway votes on the eve of last fall’s federal election.
Commissioner of Canada Elections Yves Côté released a compliance agreement with Green Party officials for offences contravening the Canada Elections Act.
Offences relate to distributing election survey results the day before the Oct. 19 vote.
According to the report, Emily McMillan, executive director of the Green Party of Canada, retained a polling firm to conduct surveys in the electoral district of Victoria over a six-day period leading up to voting day. It was intended to be used for internal party use only to monitor trends, as the data had a high margin of error of 9.8 per cent.
According to the polling firm, reliable data for public dissemination would have required purchasing a more expensive polling services package. That margin of error would suggest a sample size of roughly 100 respondents.