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Tories plead guilty, face $52,000 in fines in election spending case

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The Conservative party and its fundraising agency both pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the Elections Act and agreed to pay maximum fines totalling $52,000.

In a plea bargain, the party pleaded not guilty to more serious charges of wilfully contravening the act and all charges were dropped against four top party officials who implemented the so-called in-and-out scheme to finance radio and television advertising during the 2006 campaign.

Conservative spokesman Fred DeLorey quickly issued a statement claiming the plea bargain is "a big victory" for the party in its five-year "administrative dispute" with Elections Canada over the legality of the in-and-out scheme.

"Every single Conservative accused of wrongdoing has been cleared today," DeLorey said.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/deal-made-to-end-part-of-financing-fight-between-tories-elections-canada-133624273.html



So glad all Conservatives have been cleared of any wrong doing!

I have complete faith in Stephen Harper ! What he says he is going to do, HE follows through on!


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Now everybody's happy.

Elections Canada can claim victory and so can the Conservative Party.

Most people still don't know what the hell the in-and-out thing was anyway.

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At least it demonstrates that Elections Canada is independent of the government of the day.....which is more than we can say about Elections Manitoba, the NDP's handmaiden.

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Well not really. They have a hard-on for the Conservatives and not others it seems.

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I am glad they did not go after the Communist Party and their 86 votes in the last provincial election!


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