Patrick Brown disqualified from Conservative Party of Canada leadership race

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Patrick Brown disqualified from Conservative Party of Canada leadership race

Patrick Brown during the debate in French of the candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party, on May 25.

Patrick Brown is no longer in the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race.

The Leader Election Organizing Committee (LEOC) said Tuesday evening that it accepted a recommendation from the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and disqualified the 44-year-old Ontarian .

In recent weeks, our Party has become aware of serious allegations of wrongdoing by Patrick Brown's campaign that appear to violate the rules governing the financial provisions of the Canada Elections Act, said the COEC in a press release.

The COEC does not give details of what is alleged against Patrick Brown's campaign, but specifies that it gave the opportunity to it to respond to the concerns of the CEO .

In accordance with Party rules governing the current leadership contest, the CEO has notified Patrick Brown's campaign of these allegations and has requested a written response.

The information provided so far by Patrick Brown's campaign has not addressed concerns about compliance with our Rules and Procedures and/or the Canada Elections Act. The CEO therefore recommended to the Leadership Election Organizing Committee (COEC) that the COEC disqualify Patrick Brown. Earlier in the evening, the COEC accepted the CEO's recommendation and disqualified Patrick Brown.

Patrick Brown's disqualification comes just two months before the election of the next Conservative leader, scheduled for September 10.

His expulsion leaves 5 candidates still in the race to succeed Erin O'Toole, namely Pierre Poilievre, Jean Charest, Roman Baber, Leslyn Lewis, and Scott Aitchison.

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