March 20, 2017

Scandal hits CPC leadership race: What’s behind fraudulent membership claims?

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator Christopher Wilson
 

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?

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commented 2017-03-22 11:47:37 -0400
Oh and BTW Trudeau is a feminist…and he is going to keep saying he is a feminist until people say “so what”….I say "so what " every time he says it but he keeps on saying it anyway…sort of make’ s me think that he is either a tad autistic or he just doesn’t keep his word…and the ‘dithgusting’ ithlamophobia that is so prevalent in Canada…well that’s the thame dithgusting crowd who just don’t seem to give him the “so what” endorsement he so obsessively craves when he points out that he is a feminist….oh…you didn’t know already that he is a feminist? Well you really should by now because it is 2017 after all and he keeps saying it every media opportunity he gets…no matter how many people respond with “so what” …in spite of his promise. Perhaps it is the only line he has ever delivered in his total bomb acting career without lisping or stammering…..maybe he needs some coaching from that fellow in the movie “The King’s Impediment of Speach”….Oh BTW did I mention that he is a feminist….just thought I would remind you in case it slipped from your memory since I started typing this…yes siree…he is a feminist and he is just going to keep on saying he’s a feminist until he gets that coveted "so what " response…it is 2017 after all….in fact he just might keep on saying he’s a feminist even if you….like me….say "so what " each and every time he makes it the deflected point of discussion on TV or in question period….sort of like the Count on Sesame Street…the Count just loves to count and Justin just loves to remind you that he is a feminist…just in case it slipped your mind….it is 2017 and all …and he is just going to keep on saying he is a feminist until people say “so what”….of course he just might not keep his word and keep on saying it anyway…saying what you might ask? Why saying he is a feminist of course…..yessiree he’s here to tell you he’s a feminist …that’s for sure…and he’s just going to keep on saying it until he gets that “so what” response….

Now is this starting to get on your nerves?……WELL IT FUCKIN’ WELL AUGHT TO CAUSE IT SURE AS HELL IS GETTING ON MINE!!
commented 2017-03-21 21:11:14 -0400
I don’t watch it. No one does. No more hockey either. I don’t think it is worth talking about.
commented 2017-03-21 21:09:19 -0400
Why would a host for a politicized right wing web cast spend 40 minutes talking about the CBC and what they are doing? That is not news. It’s just the same commentary about the same shit he’s been doing forever.
commented 2017-03-21 21:06:07 -0400
Why would anyone worry about what CBC is doing if they believe it should be defunded?
commented 2017-03-21 14:11:57 -0400
" on the day of the federal election I will go to the polls to vote for a Member of Parliament…

I’ll put my ending on that sentence for ya, LEE HORSMAN

….who truly gives a shit about my country’s future – otherwise I’ll be staying home."
commented 2017-03-21 14:06:06 -0400
I would like to ask everybody who voted NDP because “Jack Layton,” everybody who voted Conservative because “Stephen Harper,” and everybody who voted Liberal because “Justin Trudeau,” how’s that working out for you? It doesn’t make much difference to me whether the next Conservative leader is Idi Amin or the second coming of Christ, on the day of the federal election I will go to the polls to vote for a Member of Parliament, not a Prime Minister.
The rest of you can do whatever you want, it’s still a free country last I checked.
commented 2017-03-21 13:24:58 -0400
Could not agree more with comments, Conservatives are supposed to be above this. And if you going to pay for one, you pay for all.
commented 2017-03-21 12:21:18 -0400
Sigh. Jihadi Justin will establish his desired dictatorship! M 103 is not just about so called “Islamophobia”. It is also (unstated) about shutting down any criticism of the Lieberal Gov’t in Ottawa which contains several Islamist ministers.
commented 2017-03-21 10:18:29 -0400
I agree with you Christopher. I would have expected the Conservatives to take the moral high ground. Leave the underhanded shady deals to the Liberals & NDP.
Billy Howard, I have to agree with you and question if the Liberals are behind this fraudulent membership scandal. The two candidates poised to beat JT are Bernier & O’Leary, so the Libs would be wise to take a shot at the credibility of the strongest opposition.
commented 2017-03-21 09:20:59 -0400
If O’Leary swindles a victory then obviously we will need a revolt . I’m not voting for a liberal masquerading as a conservative in the leadership race or the general election. The question will not be Canadians embracing conservatism . It will be Canadians rejecting the far left socialism , multiculturalism and infringements on liberty that the Liberal Party has inflicting on Canada.
commented 2017-03-21 08:40:13 -0400
How many of you will stay home in 2019 if it’s O’Leary vs. Trudeau – a win/win for liberals pretty much.
commented 2017-03-21 06:35:59 -0400
“I will be voting for Pierre Lemieux. He is a person of integrity and principle. He will stand by his word.

Suuuuuure he is METTE REED. And suuuuuuure he will.

Back in November 2007 Lemieux fired the President of his riding association because she wrote a letter to a local newspaper after her daughter had been harassed at her workplace by a group of French Language activists. AND, Lemieux fully supported Russell Township (an Ontario municipality in his riding) when it enacted a bylaw forcing businesses to put French on their signs.

And he’s no better on property rights either. During the 2006 campaign Pierre (and Harper) had the effective property rights front and centre in his platform. Landowners were experiencing loss of land use, property devaluation, and heavy compliance costs associated with environmental regulations so Pierre was their Champion. Until he got elected, that is.

Between holding babies, cutting ribbons, and shelling out tax-payer millions to multi-millionaires, Pierre seemed to have forgotten all about his commitments to property rights. So in July 2014, I sent him a letter to jog his memory.

I anticipated what has become the pan-party default position for all politicians: “Sorry, like to help you, but opening the Constitution would be divisive, and besides, the provinces would never agree.” There are two responses to this kind of BS. First of all, a Real Leader would set the stage by holding a coast-to-coast referendum on whether Canadians thought property rights were worthy of Charter Protection. And I’m pretty confident that even in bastions of stupidity (Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal come to mind) a majority would (a) be surprised to learn that we don’t have them, and (b) mark an X for their inclusion in our much-vaunted Charter. Then, with this pre-emptive move, any likely opposition from provincial government would be effectively stifled.

Secondly, as an interim measure, there is absolutely nothing preventing any federal government from enacting legislation that provides Canadians with effective property rights. Think something along the lines of the Property Rights Protection Act – a law that (a) requires a needs test before private land-use can be restricted, (b) restricts warrantless entry, © has provisions for fair and timely compensation, and (d) over-rides all provisions to the contrary in any other legislation.

So here is Pierre Lemieux’s response to that perfectly reasonable suggestion:

“One of the solutions presented by several speakers at the Property Rights Conference, however, were provincial initiatives, particularly those that would fairly compensate land-owners regarding use restrictions on their land. My understanding is that the law regarding compensation for the expropriation of land works well, but that there is little to protect land owners when the use of their land is restricted, often times by provincial regulations. I believe that progress can be made on the provincial level as it does not require opening the Constitution.”

Did you get that? “I believe that progress can be made on the provincial level”.

Call it finger pointing, stickhandling, or whatever you want – it represents evasion at its finest. So, smilin’ Pierre may be a lot of things, but I wouldn’t put a lot of money on integrity, principle, or sticking to his word.
commented 2017-03-21 04:08:24 -0400
Maxime Bernier has the CHARACTER, INTEGRITY AND POLICIES to be Leader and PM ❤️

BILL ELDER commented 6 hours ago
O’Leary insiders have been signalling for months he can buy the leadership like he bought the nomination – O’Leary would be right at home with sleazy 3rd world backroom politics. THere’s no place for him or his “instant $15 Conservatives” in Conservative politics.
commented 2017-03-21 00:14:25 -0400
Yeah, ‘diversity’ is votes for corrupt politicians. It is just another face of Canada’s failed multicultural experiment. Sick and twisted and getting worse every migrant who crosses our borders.
commented 2017-03-20 23:50:05 -0400
I will be voting for Pierre Lemieux. He is a person of integrity and principle. He will stand by his word.
commented 2017-03-20 22:36:59 -0400
Gotta love multiculturalism and that diversity is our strength.
commented 2017-03-20 22:31:08 -0400
Q: “Why can’t Conservatives take the moral and ethical high ground and leave this kind of stuff to the Liberals and NDP?”

A: “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can understand it?”
commented 2017-03-20 22:22:31 -0400
Not that the CPC candidates need help creating scandals but I agree with Liza and Billy that the Liberals could have something to do with the discord. It wouldn’t surprise me in any case.
commented 2017-03-20 22:22:25 -0400
O’Leary insiders have been signalling for months he can buy the leadership like he bought the nomination – O’Leary would be right at home with sleazy 3rd world backroom politics. THere’s no place for him or his “instant $15 Conservatives” in Conservative politics.
commented 2017-03-20 22:21:08 -0400
This message from the 2nd Chapter of 1 John, seems to be making more and more sense these days…
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

The Jehovah’s Witness are being persecuted big time in Russia…after being declared an “extremist group”!
commented 2017-03-20 22:13:03 -0400
When you allow the 3rd world into your party don’t be surprised when you get 3rd world politics and associated sleaze. I mean just look at the ethical degeneration in the liberal party. Won’t happen in the CPC because most members would rather leave than be associated with it.
commented 2017-03-20 21:57:06 -0400
WILSON ! I have a feeling there’s more to come , more dirty tricks involving more then these two
commented 2017-03-20 21:41:45 -0400
Bernier and Clement were caught cheating and tried to attack O’leary for catching them! Much like the Democrats tried during their presidential campaign, suggesting the damming wikileaks info was not anything to apologize for because of the messenger.

Bernier and Clement should be thrown out of the Conservative Party, they are the traditional politicians, and the working class no longer trust or support them with good reason.

At the very least Bernier and Clement owe O’leary and the CPC an apology for trying to gloss over this crime.
commented 2017-03-20 21:40:13 -0400
Sidenote: Hillary Clinton and the DNC had a hand in manipulating the Republican race in order for Trump to win because they thought he would be the easiest to go up against, but alas, Wikileaks exposed her and the DNC and Trump won anyways…but barely.
Justin has Hillary’s playbook on his desk.
commented 2017-03-20 21:38:03 -0400
@christopher Wilson…while I do not endorse your support of O’Leary I will say that is report was a good piece of journalistic rock turning. Harken back to the “robocall” issue. One of the things that elections canada found out was that the riding with the most voter cheating was a riding that was a liberal slam dunk anyway and the cheating was not necessary to secure a win. The Tamils did every Tamminy Hall Boss Tweed dirty trick in the book

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p56Ok2ahtYk

When it was pointed out to the Tamils that this was not necessary they replied that it was the way things were always done back in Sri Lanka and they assumed it was normal.
commented 2017-03-20 21:27:46 -0400
There are a few candidates in this race I wouldn’t trust as far as I could throw them. Never trust a liberal lite masquerading as a conservative.
commented 2017-03-20 21:23:32 -0400
Billy, I am having similar thoughts.
commented 2017-03-20 20:52:10 -0400
Maybe, just maybe, the Liberals are behind the membership scam. Afterall, it could be designed to elect someone the Ontario and Federal Liberals could beat. PC leader Patrick Brown seems to be a male version of Wynne, thus giving her a best chance at re-election.
If Chong wins the CPC leadership, he’s the closest to being a Trudeau clone, or maybe the Libs would prefer someone like O’Leary cuz they have lots of dirt on him from his hundreds of hours of tv shows and interviews, or maybe someone else the Libs would rather have as CPC leader to better their chances.
Just sayin’.
commented 2017-03-20 19:51:24 -0400
Disagree. The one who said the race was not clean and lacking propriety was O’Leary, who knows Bernier is in the best position to defeat him. The investigation came up with 1300 suspect memberships, out of how many memberships? This fact needs to be disclosed.

O’Leary is trying to be Trump lite, including now alleging the establishment is against him. Bernier is establishment?

Second, pre-paid credit cards are a normal business transaction. How many of the suspect members have since renewed through the transaction means acceptable to the party rules? Another fact that needs to be disclosed.

Sorry Mr. Wilson. I realize you are an O’Leary supporter and not hiding it. But I am leery of anything O’Leary.

By the bye, I support Lamieux. He is the one sticking to the issues such as his stand five initiative with respect to M103.