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Elizabeth May asks Queen to investigate robo-calls, Queen declines

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks up and waves to members of staff of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Dec. 18, 2012 as she ends an official visit. Queen Elizabeth has been taken to the King Edward VII hospital in central London suffering from gastroenteritis, Sunday, March 3, 2013.

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Last year, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May wrote to the Queen with concerns about the state of Canada's democracy. Ms. May has now received a reply: not my problem.

"The Queen has taken careful note of the concerns you express over the fairness of the Canadian democratic electoral process, which you feel is currently being infringed," Jennie Vine, deputy to the senior correspondence officer, wrote in a letter from Buckingham Palace dated March 18.

"Perhaps I might explain, however, that this is not a matter in which The Queen would intervene."

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Ms. Vine went on to say they would forward the letter to the Governor-General of Canada, David Johnston, who is the Queen's representative in Canada.

Ms. May had been required to write to the Queen because of a motion at the party's convention in August.

"Many Canadians are concerned that our democracy is endangered, due to election infractions in our most recent elections, the lack of investigation of infractions, the de-funding of investigative bodies, and unprecedented prorogations of Canada's Parliament, which threaten to undermine the fundamental basis of democracy in Canada," Ms. May wrote in the original letter, dated Aug. 30, 2012. Ms. May then asked for a Royal Inquiry into the issue.

Elections Canada has been investigating misleading robo-calls during the 2011 federal election that directed voters in the riding of Guelph to incorrect polling locations.

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