The use of personal data by political parties: Weil promises investigation

QUEBEC — Faced with a blunt “no can do,” the minister responsible for democratic institutions has retreated from plans to ask Quebec’s electoral officials to examine what personal data political parties may be using to plot strategy.

With Quebec’s electoral officials saying they do not have the required powers to conduct such a probe, Kathleen Weil said Thursday that the government is going back to the drawing board to find new ways to investigate such tactics.

She said she is looking for the right “vehicle,” which will be independent, neutral and credible enough to do the work.

“I’m determined to find the right way,” Weil told reporters. “I personally want it to be really iron-clad and not allow for any discretion. We want somebody who is an expert.”

Weil was unable to say whether an existing government institution would suffice.

Weil’s step back came a day after she held a news conference to announce the Liberals would be presenting a motion to the National Assembly asking Quebec’s chief electoral officer (the Directeur général des élections) to verify the voter data collection methods of political parties.

The chief electoral office responded saying it does not have such powers even if it has been asking the government for them for the last six years.

“It is not foreseen in the current laws,” said Alexandra Reny, a media relations official in the electoral office.

Taken aback, Weil beat a hasty retreat Thursday, scrapping plans to present such a motion.

The issue of personal data being used for political tracking and strategy roared to life last week with reports that U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign hired Cambridge Analytica,  which harvested private information from Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users for the campaign.

Canada’s privacy watchdog, Daniel Therrien, has launched an investigation to see if Cambridge Analytica’s tentacles reached as far as Canada.

Last week, Premier Philippe Couillard waded in, saying he suspects the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), his current main political rival, and Québec solidaire (QS) of having hired firms to process personal data siphoned off social media.

Both parties have denied the accusations. While QS MNA Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois tried this week to present his own motion on the issue, CAQ leader François Legault said he is not opposed to having the chief electoral office look into the matter.

Under existing law, it is entirely possible parties could be using data to gather information on voters, but nobody really knows if it is happening.

Weil said at a news conference on Thursday that legislation to deal with the issue would be ideal, but that can be a long process. Some kind of independent investigation of party practices would be speedier, she said.

All the parties say they would like this question cleared up before the province plunges into the fall election campaign leading to the Oct. 1 vote.

“It’s the use of personal data without the person’s consent that poses the main problem,” Weil said. “That’s what worries voters.”

Weil said she plans to act quickly. With the legislature shut down next week for Easter, she said she will have something to announce when the house reconvenes April 10.

Answering a question in the legislature, Weil said while she respects QS’s attempts to pass a motion, the way it was worded left too much discretionary power in the hands of the parties.

“We want a more global solution,” Weil said. “We want to act swiftly and find the right vehicle. A few days in politics is not very long.”

But Nadeau-Dubois described the situation as a shambles, and said the longer the government drags its feet on what is happening, the more doubts are raised about whether it has something to hide.

“We have a government that created doubt (about party practices), and now refuses to dissipate it and wants to evade the issue by talking about process,” Nadeau-Dubois said.

Véronique Hivon, the deputy leader of the Parti Québécois said what’s needed is a strong political will to deal with the issue.

“The possibility of that happening is almost nil,” Hivon said.

The use of personal data by political parties: Weil promises investigation

Black FEMINIST That Claims Stephen Clarke Should NOT BE SUPPORTED . . . Is Exposed . . . As Being A ‘BED WENCH’!!!

Stephon Clarke was murdered by Sacramento police two weeks ago. Since then, Black people all across the world have been protesting.

Last week MTO News uncovered old tweets by deceased Stephen – which were very DISRESPECTFUL towards Black women. Since our report, some Black activists – have said that Black people should STOP protesting Stephen’s death.

One of the leaders of the ANTI-STEPHON movement – is a Black feminist named Chyna Fox. She created a YouTube video that was liked by THOUSANDS of people.

Regardless of how people felt about Stephon Clarke, he was still a young, Black man who was shot and killed by police officers – and that – we should not stand for. The #BlackLivesMatter movement is not about picking and choosing which Black lives matter. The young man was shot IN THE BACK on his GRANDMAMA LAWN! How less of a threat could he have been? The police allegedly mistook his cellphone for a gun.

Can she not spend her time on something more constructive other than desecrating the name of a DEAD Black man who is not able to defend himself. His death means that another Black woman lost her child.

Chyna Fox is entitled to her opinion and to not advocate or fight for Stephon Clarke.


Canadians will now get emergency alerts on mobile phones

ANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Starting today, Canadians won’t have to be near a television or radio to receive emergency alerts.

Life-threatening emergencies will now be broadcast on compatible mobile phones.

Click here to check if your phone is compatible.

As of today, the National Public Alerting System — commonly called Alert Ready — will include wireless networks, in addition to traditional broadcast channels.

In the case of a life-threatening emergency, officials will send a localized alert that will compel compatible phones to emit an alarm and display a bilingual text warning.


Situations that could prompt an alert include forest fires, terrorist threats or an Amber Alert for a missing child.

Canada’s broadcast regulator, the CRTC, has said that wireless carriers will conduct one test of the system during the week of May 6.

Black Woman Tussles With An Asian Nail Store Owner…………Again

Black Woman Tussles With An Asian Nail Store Owner…………Again

Exposing Corruption Under Every Rock


As talked about extensively in Negro Wars, the black female menace strikes once again. At this point any evidence collected is simply bonus material, as far as I’m concerned the case for thinking black men to abandon black women was proven a long time ago. The aim now is to simply archive the data so that it can be readily accessible to those who require it. Now, the last time I posted a video similar to this one I was told that there are also videos of non black women getting into it with Asian store owners, however I have yet to see any number on the scale of black women constantly fighting with these guys.

Again, I don’t feel sorry for these nail and beauty supply store owners either as they deliberately move themselves into black neighbourhoods for the sole purpose of exploitation. Of course black women…

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