Conservative Party expels nearly 1,400 members after three leadership campaigns allege fraud - 2017-03-18
OTTAWA and TORONTO — The Conservative Party of Canada moved to expel nearly 1,400 members Friday after at least three leadership campaigns complained of possible fraud in the registration process.
Leadership frontrunner Kevin O'Leary thrust the issue into the public sphere Thursday with a bombastic statement alleging "vote rigging" and "phoney memberships." But at least two other campaigns brought similar concerns to party headquarters earlier this week, the National Post has learned.
The alleged scheme, rumours of which had been swirling in Conservative Party circles for weeks, involved organizers signing up members in bulk without their knowledge and then paying for those memberships with pre-paid credit cards, in direct contravention of leadership rules.