Investigation concludes Warren Kinsella's Daisy Group did not break elections law - 2020-01-09
An investigation by the Commissioner of Canada Elections has concluded Warren Kinsella and his Daisy Group consulting firm did not violate the Canada Elections Act when it worked to "seek and destroy" People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier by portraying him and his supporters as racist.
The Globe and Mail reported in October that the Conservative Party hired Mr. Kinsella's firm for an assignment called "Project Cactus" that aimed to tarnish the reputation of Mr. Bernier and his party and to keep Mr. Bernier out of the national leaders' debates.
Internal Daisy Group records obtained by The Globe showed that one condition of the work was that the identity of the client would not be revealed. The documents said the firm would use various means, including through Twitter posts, to "seek and destroy" Mr. Bernier up until June 30, when a new legal requirement kicked in requiring third parties to register with Elections Canada and disclose their spending and revenue.