OTTAWA - Election spending questions are hounding a Tory MP on Parliament Hill.
The Liberals are calling on Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro to appear before a the ethics committee to explain news reports alleging that he signed a $21,000 personal cheque for election spending in 2008 in his Peterborough, Ont., riding.
The Opposition NDP are also hot on his heels.
Elections Canada does not confirm or deny whenever it is investigating anyone, and the news reports rely on unnamed Elections Canada sources.
Poor Dean. Victimized by a whisper campaign conducted by vindictive Elections Canada employees who refuse to come out of the shadows. Now if someone wanted to put something in writing that would be different.
What's that you say?
OTTAWA -- Dean Del Mastro's 2008 election campaign filed a "false document" to Elections Canada, according to a sworn affidavit from an Elections Canada investigator...
Well sure, you can get Elections Canada bureaucrats to swear to anything. But try getting people outside the government to make accusations and see how far you get.
...three donors to Del Mastro's campaign or riding association, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, say they were asked to make $1,000 donations and were reimbursed by Deltro for the full amount plus a $50 bonus.
In a statutory declaration produced at the request of the Citizen and Postmedia, the former employee said David Del Mastro approached the then-employee and said he wanted him to make a large monetary donation to his cousin's campaign.
The former employee signed the declaration before an Ontario Commissioner of Oaths.
I wonder if the Toronto Sun would like to take another shot at this story. They could start with a hed that reads: Toronto newspaper embarrasses itself in attempt to defend Conservative MP.