Read Statement by Ian Brodie, Chair, Leadership Election Organizing Committee
“In recent weeks, our Party became aware of serious allegations of wrongdoing by the Patrick Brown campaign that appear to violate the financial provisions of the Canada Elections Act. Following our Rules and Procedures for the 2022 Leadership, the Chief Returning Officer notified the Patrick Brown campaign of the allegations and asked for a written response. He also withheld the interim membership list from the Patrick Brown campaign.
“The information provided to date by the Patrick Brown campaign did not satisfy concerns about their compliance with our Rules and Procedures and/or the Canada Elections Act. The Chief Returning Officer has therefore recommended to LEOC that LEOC disqualify Patrick Brown and earlier tonight LEOC agreed to do so. The Party will be sharing the information it has gathered with Elections Canada, who is responsible for ensuring compliance with, and enforcement of, the Canada Elections Act.
“Throughout the investigation into these allegations, the Chief Returning Officer and I have done our best to be fair to the Patrick Brown leadership campaign and provide them with the time they need to substantively refute these allegations. We regret having to take these steps but we have an obligation to ensure that both our Party’s Rules and federal law are respected by all candidates and campaign teams. None of these problems has any impact on the integrity of the vote itself.
“While we felt it important to provide a transparent response to Party members about this matter, because this issue is now subject to further investigation, we will not be speaking further on the subject.”
Read statement from Patrick Brown campaign:
“We have just learned of the Leadership Election Organizing Committee’s (LEOC) secret meeting and their decision to disqualify Patrick Brown from the campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC). We first learned of the meeting and its decision through the media. We were not present at the meeting, nor were we given an opportunity to defend ourselves before the LEOC.
This decision is based on anonymous allegations. Our campaign was never provided with the full details
or evidence of these allegations, failing an even basic requirement of due process. In recent days, the
party has been on a fishing expedition requesting information with which we have cooperated entirely
through our lawyers. LEOC never particularized the anonymous allegations, contrary to its statement
tonight, and even though ample time was not provided to respond to questions we still complied with
every bizarre request and unsubstantiated claim.
Simply put, there was no due process provided in this decision, and an unprecedented reverse onus was
applied to our campaign.
This decision has disenfranchised over a hundred thousand Canadians from BC to Nova Scotia that chose
to join the party, inspired by Brown’s vision for a multicultural and inclusive movement. Many of these
members come from the very ridings Conservatives have not been winning and need to win to form
Why is the party doing this? It was expecting a coronation for Pierre Poilievre. When the final
membership numbers came in, it became clear that Poilievre did not have the points to win this race. The
attempt to silence Canadians and skirt democratic values through this unfounded disqualification is the
only way to ensure his victory was secured.
This is reprehensible, undemocratic behaviour that breaks faith with hundreds of thousands of
Canadians that embraced Patrick Brown’s vision of a modern, inclusive Conservative Party. This is an
indictment of the CPC and a party that is not serious about winning a general election.
It is an embarrassment. But, not for us.
At this time our campaign is consulting our legal team.”