Patrick Brown wants to be disqualified from Conservative leadership


Patrick Brown wants to appeal to a decision made by the Federal Conservative Party, which oversees the party’s leadership competition to disqualify him.

An appeal and warning notice of imminent legal action related to Brown’s expulsion was Wednesday night with Don Nightingale, party’s highest returning officer, and Ian Brody, chairman of the party’s leader election organizing committee. Was sent to.

The letter was signed by Toronto-based lawyers Alex Smith and Marie Hennein. They say they are Brown’s lawyers.

His decision to sue for his sudden dismissal came after Brown accused the party of defending his innocence and mishandling the situation in order to build up odds in favor of his main rivals. ..

The party’s leader election committee chose to disqualify Brown from the contest on Tuesday night, based on what Brody called a “serious allegation of fraud.”

Party President Rob Butterson confirmed on Wednesday that the allegations came from within Brown’s campaign team.

Neither Brody nor the Party has specifically outlined what the allegations are, they only appear to violate the funding rules of the Canadian Election Act, and are therefore shared with the Canadian Election Commission. I said it would be.

Brown’s lawyer argues that the party’s decision not to provide the details he seeks indicates that he has not participated in the illegal activity.

“This Kafkaesque process is politically motivated, has pre-determined consequences and is inconsistent with the values ​​the party should support,” said Hennein and Smith in a co-signed appeal notice. To read.

In the second letter, they ask Brody to make sure that all records and documents, including texts and messages about Brown’s disqualification, are preserved.

They mean that it tells members of the Leadership Election Commission to “maintain all communication with members of the Pierre Poirievre campaign related to Patrick Brown and other stakeholders.” say.

The Poilievre campaign said Wednesday that Brown blamed the party and “is trying to make himself a victim.” His campaign also said it had nothing to do with the allegations made against Brown.

Brown, the mayor of Brampton, Ontario, spoke to the Canadian Press earlier that day, saying the commission had been presented with an anonymous allegation that someone working on his campaign was being paid by the company. ..

Concerns about his election funding were first raised by his team last week.

Mr Brown said he requested information about the identity of an individual or company, but did not provide it.

Regarding other claims, Brown said his campaign answered a question from the party about reports that his mayor’s office staff was working on his leadership campaign. He said his team explained that those who did so did not help with the campaign during his working hours.

He added that there was another claim about the email received at party headquarters in connection with the handwriting of one of Brown’s supporters from the Tamil community, and a question about the names of different supporters.

Brown said his campaign felt that the party was doing a “fishing expedition” with their questions, but felt satisfied with the answers they provided.

“I’m angry. I’m disappointed. It’s unbelievable that this happens,” he said.

“We believe we were on the verge of winning this leadership. I thought there was a great way.”

Brown, a former leader of progressive conservatives in Ontario, said his campaign has signed up to bring more than 150,000 new people to join the party. Many of them were welcomed by some of the cultural communities in the country’s largest cities, where the party has struggled to find support in the last few federal elections.

Regarding allegations about how someone on the campaign team was paid, Brown said his team had 1,800 volunteers nationwide and it’s hard to figure out what everyone is doing. rice field.

“Our campaign was very strict in compliance with Canada’s election and party rules. If you hear of an example of non-compliance, of course, we’d love to fix it right away.”

Despite seeking appeal, his options look slim.

According to the party’s election rules, there is no obvious possibility of an appeal.

Conservative strategist Michael Diamond said the boulevard does not seem to be very successful, as courts are usually trying to move away from the party’s internal activities.

According to Diamond, what is important now is to keep the party as transparent as possible, emphasizing that the dismissal of candidates should only take place in the toughest conditions.

“The general public … deserves to know exactly what the rationale is, including disqualified candidates.”

Party spokesman Yaroslav Balan said he wasn’t surprised to see Brown “sand being thrown into the air” after being accused of mishandling the situation.

“There are different categories of alleged violations … The Commission had to make a decision based on the nature of the allegations and the credibility of those who made those allegations.”

Balan said the party membership list provided for the campaign last week, a very important document used by candidates to convince them to vote, was withheld from Brown’s campaign, which allegedly violated the rules of the race. Said that.

Brown also noticed that he was enthusiastic with critics inside the Brampton City Hall, and five council members issued a statement on Wednesday.

The Conservative Party announces the winner of the Leadership Race in Ottawa on September 10.

In addition to Poilievre and Charest, other candidates are Conservative MPs Leslyn Lewis and Scott Aitchison, and former independent member of the Ontario Parliament, Roman Baber.

Brown’s name still appears on the ballot, as the party has already mailed a lot of people.

Last week, the party said about 675,000 members had signed up to vote for the new leader.

Stephanie Taylor and Marie-Daniel Smith

Canadian press