The Conservative leadership race in Canada has been shaken up with word that the party had disqualified Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown from the race. The reasons for the disqualification have not been revealed but organizing committee sources told the National Post there were serious concerns about the Brown campaign’s donations and finances that are now being brought to the attention of Elections Canada. Another source suggested the issue might have involved a private company providing salaries to Brown’s campaign staff.
A statement from the Brown campaign rejected the allegations as “unsubstantiated,” writing, The decision is based on anonymous allegations. Our campaign was never provided with the full details of evidence.” The statement went on to accuse the party of engaging in a “fishing expedition.” The statement accused the party of launching the investigation to help Pierre Poilievre when “it became clear that he did not have the points to win the race.”
The move to disqualify Brown is seen as a boost for the Campaign of Jean Charest. As he is now the only candidate representing the progressive side of the party.