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Conservative Fined for Breaking Election Rules

An Elections Canada official removes a box of files from Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa on April 15, 2008. - An Elections Canada official removes a box of files from Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa on April 15, 2008. | Tom Hanson/The Canadian PressIt appears the ‘tough on crime’ Conservatives aren’t as worthy of that title as we think. In an ongoing dispute with Elections Canada, the Conservatives pleased guilty to lessen the consequences of their guilty individuals who would have faced jail time for Electoral Fraud.

 

In exchange for dropped charges against 4 of its senior officials, the Conservatives pleaded guilty and accepted a $52,000 fine for breaking election rules when it exceeded the spending limit and failing to document all of its expenses for the 2006 election campaign. As a result, more serious charges against the party and its fundraising arm have been dropped.

 

The four senior members who got the lucky break for breaking the law were:

  • Senator Doug Finley, the party's former campaign director
  • Senator Irving Gerstein, head of the Conservative Fund and chief fundraiser for the party
  • Michael Donison, the former national party director
  • Susan Kehoe, who served as the party's interim executive director.

 

The prosecutor asked for the maximum penalty of a $50,000 fine to the party and a $2,000 fine to the fund. The Conservatives have 30 days to pay.

 

The Tories declared victory and acted as if nothing happened.

 

"This is a big victory for the Conservative Party of Canada," Fred DeLorey, the party's director of communications, said in a written statement. "Every single Conservative accused of wrongdoing has been cleared today."

 

It is laughable to see a ‘tough on crime’ Tory government who can’t even follow election rules – and the worst part is, they seem to be proud of it too.