Last week the Conservative Party threw out 1,351 memberships after Kevin O’Leary requested an investigation into his claims of widespread fraud.
Party rules state the $15 membership fee can only be purchased by personal cheque or personal credit card to ensure no campaign dollars can be used to buy memberships and to stop en masse cash sign ups.
While neither Mr. O’Leary or his campaign publicly named Maxime Bernier’s campaign as the alleged perpetrator of the fraudulent memberships, it came out over the weekend that this was where the O’Leary campaign believed the fraudulent memberships were coming from.
This resulted in a little back and forth between the two with Bernier calling O’Leary a loser, then last night the Globe and Mail revealed they had received a sworn affidavit indicating one of the O’Leary campaign organizers in Brampton had offered to pay for memberships, something the Bernier campaign jumped on immediately to fire back.
Watch as I explain the allegations and provide some of the backstory and the connection to Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown and the Tamil community.
In the end, some might say, that’s politics. It's a dirty game with dirty tricks played constantly and unless you’re the one doing them, you’re going to lose.
But I don’t see it that way. Why can’t Conservatives take the moral and ethical high ground and leave this kind of stuff to the Liberals and NDP?
Why not try to make this Conservative leadership race stand out as one that was run clean and without allegations of impropriety?