The only Conservative candidate who refused to participate in the party’s in-and-out election financing scheme says he’s gratified that the Federal Court of Appeal has sided with Elections Canada and that charges have been laid against Tory officials.
David Marler, a lawyer who ran for the party in 2006, turned party officials down when they asked to deposit money in his campaign account and almost immediately remove it for national advertising. About 66 other candidates agreed to the request.
“It always seemed to me that the in-and-out was irregular and illegal,” Marler said in an interview.
“It is gratifying to note that the Federal Court (of Appeal) has come to the same opinion, which always seemed to me to be obvious. I think they’re doing the right thing by prosecuting the alleged offenders.”
The Contempt Party of Canada does not welcome losers or whiners.
Novice politician Jack MacLaren has staged an upset win over veteran Tory MPP Norm Sterling to become the Progressive Conservative candidate in Carleton-Mississippi Mills in the upcoming provincial fall election.
An estimated 1,200 delegates showed up at Scotiabank Place Thursday night to choose between Sterling's 34 years of experience at Queen's Park and MacLaren's libertarian message of small government, lower taxes, and less regulation.
MacLaren explained his victory by comparing himself to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who defied all the experts and political elites in that city with his election win.
This Rob Ford? Oh yeah, baby.