Update: Shame, shame, Postmedia. Unless more evidence is forthcoming, I consider the matter settled and the “innocent explanation” I referred to to have been provided. I’ll keep the story up anyways because it was a good-faith summary of a Postmedia report. I am deeply sorry to my readers and to the Conservative Party.
When the Harper government elected not to discipline ranking MPs Dean Del Mastro or Peter Penashue or Peter Van Loan when serious allegations about financial improprieties were raised with respect to their campaigns, critics yet again asked the question: “What does it take for a male Cabinet minister to be fired by Harper?” This was the wrong question. The real question was: “How common does electoral malfeasance have to be in the Conservative ranks, such that it isn’t seen as a termination-worthy offence?”
We’re getting closer to an answer to that question. This week Postmedia reported (h/t Dammit Janet) that a rather suspicious group of donations were gathered over a multi-year period in the Laurier-Sainte-Marie riding, in Montreal. That was Gilles Duceppe’s riding until last year; now it’s represented by the NDP.
Straight from the source:
The unexplained donations… fall mostly into three groups: a group of donations of $666.66, totalling $99,999; a group of donations of $733.33, dottalling $32,999.85; and a group of donations of $333.33, totalling $14,333.19.
Postmedia tried to contact all the donors… Some sayd they couldn’t recall making donations, and others declined to discuss thee issue. But 11 said they definitely did not make donations, and would like to know how their names ended up on the list.
I’d kind of like to know, too. I’m sure there’s an innocent explanation.Tweet