“In early 2016, Mr. Wylie’s company Eunoia Technologies ran a pilot project for the Liberal Caucus Research Bureau,” said Melissa Cotton, managing director of the Liberal Research Bureau.
The statement said Wylie’s pilot project had been contracted to do four things:
- Design and organize several national samples of Canadians to explore responses to Government policy priorities and other issues of national importance.
- Recruit constituents to identify a range of local or regional issues not covered in the general national polling exercises.
- Assist the Liberal Research Bureau in setting up the infrastructure to monitor the performance of the Liberal Members of Parliament in communicating with their constituents.
- Assist the Liberal Research Bureau in acquiring and setting up social media monitoring tools.
However, while Cotton said “preliminary work” was done by the firm, the project did not go any further.
“At no point did Eunoia Technologies have access to any data from Liberal Caucus Research Bureau.”
NDP MP Niki Ashton said on CTV today that the Privacy Commissioner needs to open up an investigation to get to the bottom of this.