The following was recorded in Guelph in the late April 2011.
Caller: Hello, I am calling from Elections Canada my name is Pierre.
Recipient: What is this about?
C: Hold on do I detect a Middle Eastern accent.
R: Um, no you don’t.
C: Good to hear. We don’t like middle easterners voting.
R: What did you just say?
C: Good to hear. We’d like to give you more information on voting.
R: That isn’t what it sounded like.
C: Ma’am let me assure you I am calling from RackNine here in Alberta on behalf of Elections Canada and we are trying to provide you more information on casting your ballot.
R: Wait. What is Racknine?
C: It’s the game of pool that comes after the eighth rack, why do you ask?
R: You just said you were with Racknine.
C: No I didn’t I said I am with Elections Canada.
R: Still why are you calling me?
C: We’d like to inform you of our new voting procedures.
C: From now on only votes for the existing government will be cast at the date and location on your voter registration card.
C: Yes to prevent confusion we will be having those wishing to vote for opposition parties vote the day after.
R: You must be crazy, next thing you’ll be trying to convince me I am supposed to vote at the poutinerie too.
C: Yes as a matter of fact. How’d you know?
R: You’ve come up on my caller ID as Mike’s Poutine.
C: Oh shit, it shouldn’t say that –