The exclusion of Patrick Brown from the race divides the conservatives

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Exclusion of Patrick Brown from race divides conservatives

'Undemocratic' decision, Camp Brown pleads, 'lack of ethics', replies his rival Pierre Poilievre.

Patrick Brown has been ousted from the race to the Conservative leadership for violating party fundraising rules and the Canada Elections Act.

The exclusion of Patrick Brown from the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leadership race is viewed in various ways by the other candidates still in the race and an observer of the political scene.

The mayor of Brampton was disqualified Tuesday night by the Leadership Election Organizing Committee (COEC) for violating Conservative Party fundraising rules and the Canada Elections Act, according to a statement of the party.

Mr. Brown's campaign team dismissed the claims early Wednesday morning in a statement. She considers this disqualification undemocratic and accuses the CCP leadership of wanting to promote the candidacy of its main rival, Pierre Poilievre.

In an interview with ICI RDI on Wednesday afternoon, Patrick Brown went further. It's strange, when a small group of people, very late in the evening, make a decision like that. With the strong position of Jean Charest in Quebec and my very strong position in Ontario and in the suburbs of Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg, it was very difficult for Pierre Poilievre to win this leadership. By eliminating me, he changes things so much.

Why did the party do this [referring to Mr. Brown's exclusion]? He expected a coronation for Pierre Poilievre, Mr. Brown's team said.

The ousted candidate and his team promise to give a legal response to this exclusion.

Directly targeted by his rival, Pierre Poilievre criticized the behavior of Patrick Brown.

Patrick [Brown] attacked our campaign and the party, as always when he made take. Patrick tries to turn himself into a victim, but in the end, the only person responsible for his disqualification is himself, he claimed in a statement.

Pierre Poilievre is considered by many observers as the favorite for become leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

The MP for Ottawa–Carleton added that this is not the first time that Patrick [Brown] has been disqualified from a race for ethical reasons.

In fact, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario disqualified him when he wanted to run as a local candidate. For years, Patrick's conduct has shown that he is the type of person willing to say and do anything to win, added Pierre Poilievre.

Yesterday's news [Tuesday] is just the latest chapter in a career marked by numerous scandals, investigations and even criminal investigations related to political activities at all three levels of government, a slammed the candidate.

For Jean Charest, the other contender for the Conservative leadership, the exclusion of Patrick Brown is deeply troubling. He asks the party to provide additional information as soon as possible.

More measured than Pierre Poilievre, Jean Charest calls for respect for the democratic rules of the election.

We absolutely have to ensure the integrity of the [electoral] process. Members deserve to know the truth. We need to know the nature of the allegations, how Patrick Brown's campaign responded to them, and why the COEC took such drastic action. Transparency is paramount, Charest said in a statement.

Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper's communications director, Dimitri Soudas, describes the latest twist of the race as the night's equivalent of the long knives of the Conservative Party of Canada.

The Observer believes the CCP is wrong because it never showed the evidence disqualifying Patrick Brown to members of the Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC). Eleven members voted to disqualify him and six voted to keep him in the race, but the evidence was never presented to people, he said in an interview with ICI RDI.

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It's a weird process. You can't disqualify someone without showing the evidence you have against them, he adds.

According to Dimitri Soudas, Pierre Poilievre must now win the conservative race with a strong majority, because if the allegations submitted by the Conservatives to Elections Canada do not lead to charges within 18 months and if Mr. Poilievre wins with 51% of the vote, this could pose problems of legitimacy.

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The disqualification of Patrick Brown increases the number of candidates vying for the Conservative leadership to five: Jean Charest, Pierre Poilievre, Scott Aitchison, Leslyn Lewis and Roman Baber.

With information from Valérie Gamache

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