A diverse crowd of about 150 turned out on a sunny Sunday afternoon at River and Osborne to voice their displeasure over the robocalls scandal.
“A lot of people are worried … was this a fair result?” asked Josh Brandon, organizer of Winnipeg’s rally, which ended in front of the constituency office of Conservative MP Joyce Bateman on Corydon.
Brandon said Elections Canada should conduct full investigations and, if necessary, call by-elections.
“Obviously it’s worth it. We can’t have a country where people’s right to vote is compromised.”
Krista Robinson, 25, said she heard from neighbours and friends in Winnipeg South Centre about the odd phone calls.
“My concern is that it’s hard enough to get people my age to voting in the first place.
“If they have little faith in the political system to begin with, they’re now less likely to vote,” added Robinson, whose parents Joan and Dale drove in from Miami, Man., to attend.
“As a leader (Prime Minister Stephen Harper) needs to step up,” said protester Jonathan Ventura. His sentiments were later echoed by speakers Kevin Lamoureux, MP for Winnipeg North, and former MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis.