How Not to Respond to an Inquiry.


The following is a very good example of how not to respond to an inquiry.

Take note of the way they suggest I get my answer, then try to follow the instructions.

I did find it but not using the path they suggested (that path leads nowhere).

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Sent: July 27, 2005 2:43 PM

Language Preference: English
From name: Bill Arends
Title:
Company:
Email:
Street:
City:
Province:
Postal code:
Country:
Tel.:
Fax:
Contact by: email

Message:
I have heard that rules created in 1993 stated that any political party that cannot run candidates in at least 50 ridings at a cost of $1,000 per candidature could not be registered as an official party is that correct? and also that a number of parties where deregistered because of this including the Rynocerous party, is this correct?

___________________________________________

Answer:

We thank you for your e-mail of July 27, 2005, requesting information on the Canada’s federal electoral process.

We invite you to visit our Web site (www.elections.ca) to access this information. After selecting English, click on Electoral Law and Policy located on the left-hand side in the top banner of our home page. Next, click on Federal Electoral & Referendum Legislation, then, select Major Court Cases Relating to the Federal Electoral Legislation. On the following page, please scroll down to “Registered Political Parties” – Definition and select Figueroa v. Canada (Attorney General) (Supreme Court of Canada, June 27, 2003). As well, you can access more information by clicking on General Information located on the right-hand side in the top banner of the page. Next, select Backgrounders. On the following page, please scroll down to the heading Information for Canadidates and Political Parties and then, click on New Law for Registratering Political Parties.

As for information regarding the Renocerous Party, we will respond to you shortly.

Should you need additional information about the Canadian federal electoral system, please contact us via our Web site or by calling our toll-free number 1 800 463-6868. Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern time).

Yours truly,

XXX XXX

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4 thoughts on “How Not to Respond to an Inquiry.

  1. If they make it hard enough to do something, people won’t do it. That’s why American elections are on a weekday (when poor people have to choose between voting and their paycheck), why IRS forms are so hard to get through (so you end up paying more than you have to)… etc.

  2. You have to choose between voting and being paid?? Bizarre. Here, elections also take place on weekdays, but employers give you time off (up to four hours, I think) – with pay – to vote. It could be this doesn’t apply to part-time workers, though, but presumably with fewer working hours, they can get to the polls outside of working hours.

  3. final Email

    ___________________________

    Answer:

    We thank you for your e-mail of July 27, 2005, regarding the deregistration of the Rhinoceros Party.

    Please, note that it was in 1993, at the general election, that the Rhinoceros Party lost their registration status for failure to sponsor 50 candidates in at least 50 electoral districts.

    Should you need additional information about the Canadian federal electoral system, please contact us via our Web site (www.elections.ca) or by calling our toll-free number 1 800 463-6868. Our hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern time).

    Yours truly,

    XXXXX

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    Okay so I was right a simple yes would have done.

  4. Ha! This just seems so out there. “Rather than answer your question, I will instruct you on how to do the research yourself – incorrectly!” *insert maniacal laughter*

    Mary: Speaking as a part-time employee, we do not get time off with pay to vote. They assume we can do it around our shifts (often impossible).

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