Disqualification of Patrick Brown: the Conservative Party seeks an independent opinion

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Disqualification of Patrick Brown: the Conservative Party seeks an independent opinion

Patrick Brown, announcing his candidacy for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, March 13, 2022

The Conservative Party of Canada has retained independent legal counsel to determine whether one of its internal committees has jurisdiction to hear the challenge of disqualified Patrick Brown of the leadership race.

Mr. Brown has already retained the services of renowned lawyer Marie Henein, who notably successfully defended host Jian Ghomeshi, accused of sexual assault.

Henein wrote to party officials last week asking that his Dispute Resolution Appeals Committee be convened and a hearing date set. She wanted an answer by last Saturday at the latest.

Party spokesman Yaroslav Baran confirmed that the authorities had responded on Friday evening, but to indicate that they wanted to know whether this Dispute Resolution Appeals Committee had jurisdiction to hear M's challenge. .Brown.

Mr. Baran wrote that independent counsel had been retained to provide his legal opinion on this important matter, which will guide the party's response to Mr. Brown's lawyers.

Mr. Brown's campaign team, meanwhile, is considering what other options can be considered to challenge the decision of the Leadership Election Organizing Committee.

Details of the allegation became public when Debbie Jodoin, a longtime Conservative organizer, released a statement through her lawyer last Thursday that she had been paid by a company for her work in connection with Mr. Brown's campaign and that he helped bring about the arrangement.

Jean Charest's leadership campaign team confirmed that she was approached by the same organizer, but that ties were severed by mutual agreement after learning that she would come out publicly regarding Patrick Brown.

The same day Ms. Jodoin went public, Thursday, she informed members of Jean Charest's campaign team that she would because they had discussed her joining the team, a campaign team spokeswoman said.

Michelle Coates Mather claimed Ms Jodoin approached the campaign team on June 27 and that they were in talks to finalize a contract for her to help convince voters to x27;go vote.

She came to see us on July 7 to confirm that she was the whistleblower and would make a public statement , said Coates Mather.

As a result of this discussion, she and our campaign team reached a mutual agreement not to pursue the contract.

In addition, a spokesperson for Mr. Brown has said over the weekend that the mayor of Brampton, GTA, will not announce his candidacy for re-election to the position in October until he does. will not have discussed with his relatives.

Chisholm Pothier said Mr. Brown spent the weekend attending a multicultural festival in Brampton, about 45 minutes from Toronto, and celebrating the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Mr. Brown had entered the Conservative leadership race without resigning as mayor of Brampton. He had said he would consider running again in the October mayoral election if he believed he could not win the federal race.

He has until Aug. 19 to file his candidacy for mayor, but Mr. Brown's position in the federal race changed dramatically last week when the Leader's Election Organizing Committee voted for him. disqualify. Committee members ousted him by an 11-6 vote over an allegation that he violated federal political finance laws.

The Conservative Party of Canada has retained independent legal counsel to determine whether one of its internal committees has jurisdiction to hear Patrick Brown's challenge.

Although the party did not release any details of the allegation, the organizer came forward last week to claim that she was the one who reported Mr Brown to the authorities party. She alleges that the candidate was involved in an arrangement whereby she was paid by a private company to work on his campaign.

Mr. Brown's team said the party leadership had refused to divulge full details of the allegation, making it difficult to respond to it. It was added that it offered to reimburse the money paid to the organizer in question, because the Brown team claimed that they believed that their work was voluntary.

Since his disqualification, Brown has also accused the party of sidelining him to favor veteran Ottawa-area MP Pierre Poilievre, considered his main rival. Mr. Poilievre and the party denied that accusation.

Ian Brodie, chairman of the Leadership Election Organizing Committee, who voted for the disqualification, emailed to party members last Friday to explain that Mr. Brown was aware of the allegations against him. He argues that the party had to act because it couldn't afford to have a candidate who was being investigated for violating federal laws.

Meanwhile, the five remaining candidates in the race flipped pancakes and waved to supporters at the Calgary Stampede this weekend, less than two months before the ballots were counted and the nominee named. new federal Conservative leader.

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