Members of the Conservative Party of Canada's Leadership Election Organizing Committee (CEOC) voted this week, by an 11-6 vote, to disqualify Mr. Brown from the race.
The Commissioner of Canada Elections confirms that he has information about alleged violations of political finance rules within the team of Conservative Party leadership candidate Patrick Brown. This saga continues to unfold just as the first ballots for the party's election began to appear in mailboxes.
The lawyer for one of Patrick Brown's campaign organizers says she raised her concerns with the Conservative Party of Canada after the ex-candidate said that x27;it was okay to be employed by a company as a consultant and then have that [same] company have me volunteer for the campaign.
A spokesperson for the federal agency responsible for ensuring compliance and enforcement of the Canada Elections Act confirmed that the commissioner had received information regarding the eviction Mr. Brown's sudden outburst of the Conservative leadership race.
Citing the confidentiality of the records, however, the commissioner will not disclose the nature or details of what he received.
The allegations come from the team of Mr. Brown. According to sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, these allegations are accompanied by documents and text messages.
Members of the Conservative Party of Canada's Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC) voted this week, 11 to 6, to disqualify Mr Brown from the race. The COEC President said he had become aware of serious allegations of wrongdoing.
Mr. Brown did not leave the race quietly. Since his disqualification, he has criticized the party, saying he was not told the details of the allegations against him and that his team did their best to respond.
He has since retained the services of renowned lawyer Marie Henein, who has warned the Conservative Party and those involved in the decision to prepare for an anticipated legal action. She also maintained that her campaign did nothing wrong.
Mr. Brown argues that the party withheld specific details of the allegations made against him, leading to what he describes as difficult circumstances to respond properly.
Although his name has been erased from the party's list of candidates, his name will still appear on the ballots, the first batch of which the party says was recently mailed out.
With a staggering 670,000 members registered to vote for the next Conservative leader, a record for any federal political party according to the Conservatives, at least two campaign teams, including Mr. Brown's, have raised concerns about when the party sends out the ballots.
It is curious that the ballots went out before the list of members was finalized. That means campaign teams have less than a week to persuade some members, wrote Michelle Coates Mather, communications director for Jean Charest's campaign.
That said, we are still confident in our ability to get our vote, regardless of when ballots are received, all verified members will have their votes counted, she adds.
Absentee ballots are due no later than September 6 in order for the party to announce its next leader on September 10.
The party idea behind the staggering is to start with the members whose information they have already verified and then send the others to the new members after the verification process is complete, as the campaigns have had the opportunity to challenge these new registrations.
Each campaign except that of Mr. Brown, who was disqualified for alleged violations, received a voters list preliminary, and the party must finalize the voters list no later than July 29.
Another factor considered by the party is Canada Post's ability to handle so many thousands of ballots by mail.
Mr Brown's campaign manager, John Mykytyshyn, told The Canadian Press that he had previously raised concerns about how party headquarters planned to send ballots in batches, starting with those who are already members, followed by those who are new.
“Making it [sending newsletters] based on the length of your membership gives some applicants an advantage over existing members. It's an unfair advantage”
— John Mykytyshyn, Mr. Brown's campaign manager
Mr. Brown says it has recruited more than 150,000 new members, while Mr. Poilievre's team says it has registered 312,000 memberships through its campaign website.
Mr. Mykytyshyn argued that someone who gets a ballot earlier has a distinct advantage because they not only have more time to fill it out, but also have more time to ask for help. x27;he needs it, adding that there is no guarantee of how long it takes for a ballot to travel through the mail, which could affect its timely arrival.
In response to the complaint from Patrick Brown's team, party spokesman Yaroslav Baran wrote: Are you kidding, n& #x27;isn't it? Seriously ? The voting deadline is September 6.