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Liberal party uses Remembrance Day to identify potential supporters, donors

Last Updated Nov 11, 2015 at 1:27 pm PDT

(Courtesy Liberal Party of Canada
Summary

Data mining is commonly employed by political parties to glean names, email addresses and postal codes

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Lest we forget, politicking evidently never stops, even on Remembrance Day.

The Liberal party, flush from the Oct. 19 election victory, is using the solemn occasion to continue trying to accumulate information on potential supporters and donors.

The governing party has issued an email from new Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr, which encourages readers to add their names to an online message of thanks to members of the Armed Forces and veterans “for their service and sacrifice.”

Such email solicitations, known as data mining, are commonly employed by political parties to glean names, email addresses and postal codes which are added to data banks used to identify supporters and financial contributors.

The message from Hehr also veers into the political realm, reiterating various Liberal campaign promises aimed at honouring the country’s “sacred obligation” to veterans.

But it’s also personal; Hehr recounts how a drive-by shooting left him a quadriplegic at just 21, and notes that, while such moments of life-changing, extreme violence are rare in civilian life, they can be an “everyday risk” for members of the military.