Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Del Mastro Election-Related Convictions Stand after Top Court Denies Leave

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Del Mastro Election-Related Convictions Stand after Top Court Denies Leave

Article excerpt

Guilt stands for former Tory MP Del Mastro

--

TORONTO - A former parliamentary secretary who used to speak for then-prime minister Stephen Harper against election-fraud allegations levelled at the Conservatives lost his bid Thursday to have the country's highest court weigh in on his own convictions for electoral fraud.

The decision by the Supreme Court of Canada not to hear his appeal means that Dean Del Mastro, initially convicted in 2014 for offences committed a decade ago, has reached the end of the road in his efforts at exoneration.

"It seems like a modest word at times like these, but I'm obviously terribly disappointed," the former Conservative MP from Peterborough, Ont., told The Canadian Press. "I had hoped to be able to fight for a just outcome through the courts, but it's not to be."

Del Mastro said he now planned to sue Elections Canada for what he called the "negligent" investigation that led to his convictions. He said he would be seeking unspecified damages.

"We'll go after them and call into question aspects of this investigation which were negligent, which led to an outcome which is not just," Del Mastro said. "My campaign followed all the rules."

Ontario court Judge Lisa Cameron convicted Del Mastro, 47, of three electoral offences related to his 2008 re-election campaign: overspending, failing to report a $21,000 contribution he made to his own campaign and knowingly filing a false report.

Cameron handed him a one-month jail term along with four months house arrest and 18 months probation for what she called his "cheating and lying" in his "affront" to democracy. The judge also ordered him to pay $10,000 in restitution.

"He was prepared not only to break the rules but to be deceitful about it," Cameron said at the time.

Del Mastro, once a staunch and vocal defender of Conservative policies, appealed but lost at the Superior Court and Appeal Court levels. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.