Conservative Party leadership: Patrick Brown knew about illegal funding, says former organizer

Conservative Party leadership: Patrick Brown knew about illegal funding, says former organizer


A former organizer for the Conservative Party leadership campaign of now-disqualified Patrick Brown has claimed the candidate was aware that a company was paying her for her work, a situation deemed illegal by the authorities. election laws. 

Debra Jodoin agreed to join the Brampton mayor's campaign last April at his request, she explained in a statement on Friday .

“Mr. Brown told me it was okay for me to be employed by a company as a consultant and then have that company volunteer me for the campaign,” she explained.

“He put me in touch by SMS with a third party for this purpose. I trusted her, but over time I became more and more concerned about this arrangement and suspected that it was not right,” the whistleblower added.

She allegedly then asked Patrick Brown directly that his expenses be paid by the campaign. Saying he was surprised that the expenses were not covered, the candidate assured that he was “on the spot”.

According to Ms. Jodoin, a company reimbursed her shortly after.< /p>

“Through her attorney, Ms. Jodoin raised her concerns with the Conservative Party,” said Ms. Jodoin’s attorney Jason Beitchman of Loopstra Nixon LLP.

“ It was at her request that the Party made efforts to keep Ms. Jodoin's identity confidential. She is a private citizen, not a public or political figure, and has many friends and colleagues across all campaigns. She did not want to find herself in the middle of a political question.”

Recall that Patrick Brown was excluded Tuesday evening from the leadership race by the Organizing Committee for the election of the Leader for “de serious allegations of wrongdoing by Patrick Brown's campaign that appear to violate the rules governing the financial provisions of the Canada Elections Act.”

The Conservative Party of Canada had not released further details regarding this decision, stating only that it was a question of financial irregularities.