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Elections Canada Starts Investigation into Tory’s Campaign

Elections Canada Starts Investigation into Tory’s Campaign

The 2008 campaign of the Tory who is recognized for skillfully repeating the same defenses every time opposition MPs ask questions about the robocall scandal is currently under investigation by Elections Canada. News of the investigation came out on June 6.

Dean Del Mastro’s campaign manager is accused of hiding a campaign contribution of $21,000 from the candidate himself, well over the campaign limit of $2,100. There are also accusations that Del Mastro’s campaign overspent on their allowable expenses as well.

Del Mastro, who is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, went on live television unannounced after apparently hearing about the investigation only when reporter Stephen Maher called to ask him about it. He also says his official agent for the 2008 campaign has not been notified of any investigation.

On CBC’s Power and Politics, he said that the check was for various different contracts with one company, Holinshed Research Group, and only one of those contracts was related to the campaign. In his election expenses posted online, there is an expense paid to Holinshed totaling $1,575 according to CBC.

Why he wouldn’t have provided himself with some protection by writing a separate check for election related expenses, he did not say.

According to the report by Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher, the same reporters who broke the robocalls story, Holinshed was also involved in a small claims suit against Del Mastro concerning expenses incurred after the 2008 campaign. It is in the documents submitted to the small claims court that Holinshed refers to being hired for $21,000 worth of voter identification work during the election. Del Mastro told CBC that the small claims case was dismissed by a judge.

Interestingly, Holinshed was also the recipient of a grant for $125,000 as part of the Harper government’s Economic Action Plan.

 

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12:12PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Welcome to the Weimar Republic of Canada.

3:05AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

I am not a Liberal or Tory. I am a dedicated extreme lefty.

2:59AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Why is it, whenever I log on to stories like this, everyone is either liberal or tory??? Why is the idea of an NDP nation THAT terrifying and why are they STILL labeled a joke for something that happened decades ago? If anything, the Tory's are corrupt, the liberals are idiots and the NDPs are the only competent people to vote for. We're lucky to have more choices in elections than the US apparently has, yet we act as if we have the same amount. :|

12:10PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

To me the Liberal Party shares a great deal of the blame for getting a majority Tory gang in power by not finding anyone semi-decent to run against Harper. Let's hope that they can come up with someone with some common sense for the next election. It will take some time to undo all the damage this moron has done to Canada.

9:53AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Luvenia is right. If anyone anywhere thinks politics isn't dirty and rotten to the core they are very deluded.

9:42AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

I hope something good comes from this.

6:49AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

This government needs to go.

6:33AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

There has to be something with this election scandle because I would like to believe that the canadian people are not so stupid as to give a party the majority - just hand them total power - it just dosn't make any sense so that is why I am convinced there is corruption at the polls!

5:05AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

The scandals keep coming with this government. When are Canadians going to wake up and react?

6:52PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

hopefully they find what happened and throw the current government onto the street

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