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article imageLiberal volunteer dismissed after trashing Green flyers

By Lynn Curwin     Apr 25, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - A Liberal Party volunteer, working on Joe Volpe's campaign, was dismissed after he was photographed removing Green Party flyers from mailboxes in a Toronto riding.
Orla Hegarty, campaign manager for Paul Baker, the Eglinton-Lawrence Green Party candidate, said she had just finished delivering flyers to an area when she saw Liberal MP Joe Volpe and a campaign worker arrive to do the same thing. She claims that she saw the worker remove a flyer she had just delivered and place it in a blue recycling bin, putting a Liberal flyer in the mailbox.
She put the photos she took online.
“It was just horrifying to me,"she told the Globe and Mail. "I couldn’t believe I was seeing it. They were both going along and removing the flyers.”
She said she confronted Volpe and he responded with a shrug. Volpe later said that, at that time, he was unclear what she was talking about.
He said that when he became aware of what was taking place he took steps to remove the volunteer from the campaign.
“I canvass, and canvass hard, but I don’t engage in, nor do I condone, that kind of alleged behaviour," he told The Star. " I just don’t. Period."
He added that he goes door-to-door every day with people.
"My canvassers, sometimes they’re at the same door, sometimes they’re not. You go from one door to another to another, and anyone that wants to talk to me gets a chance to talk to me. I don’t really need to engage in that kind of activity. There’s no need for it.”
Baker is preparing a complaint to Elections Canada.
“What I guess disappoints us is that Joe was there. … He may not have been robbing the bank, but it seems he was driving the getaway car,” the Globe and Mail quoted him as saying. “In our minds, there’s no doubt that he was aware.”
The CBC reported that Hegarty claims she witnessed Volpe himself removing Green Party literature from mailboxes, but Volpe denies doing so.
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