Patrick Brown kicked from Conservative leadership race

A party official says he broke finance rules.

Brampton mayor Patrick Brown has been ejected from the race to select a new leader for the federal Conservative Party, the leadership election organizing committee said late Tuesday.

The party learned of “serious allegations of wrongdoing” by Brown’s campaign that appeared to violate “financial provisions” of the Canada Elections Act, committee chair Ian Brodie said in a statement.

The chief returning officer informed Brown of the allegations but a written response from his campaign failed to satisfy the concerns and the CRO recommended the committee disqualify the candidate.

No further details were given.

Brown’s campaign refuted the allegations, saying it did not receive the all the information and evidence from the party while still trying to address the party’s questions in a short amount of time.

“Simply put, there was no due process provided in this decision, and an unprecedented reverse onus was applied to our campaign,” the

Brodie added that because the situation is now under investigation the party will no longer be speaking about the matter.

One of the remaining candidates, Pierre Polivere, could see this as an opportunity to solidify a lead ahead of the Sept. 10 election.

More details to follow.

By Eliridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He has reported for several online and print publications.
Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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