ELECTIONS COMMISSIONER ASKED TO INVESTIGATE IF PC PARTY IS IN CAHOOTS WITH NFA
Sep 08, 2021
By Bob Komsic
The Liberal candidate for Kingston and the Islands has written the elections watchdog to investigate if the Conservatives may have violated the Elections Act.
Mark Gerretsen wants to know whether the Tories are colluding with the National Firearms Association.
He alleges Conservatives national campaign director; Fred DeLorey; a former lobbyist for the N-F-A, has been co-ordinating campaign activities with the association.
“I am requesting that you assess whether there may be grounds to commence an investigation to determine whether Mr. DeLorey’s political activities as a registered lobbyist gave rise to a quid pro quo arrangement between the NFA and the Conservative Party,” Gerretsen wrote.
The office of the commissioner of Canada Elections confirms receipt of Gerretsen’s request but is not saying if Yves Cote will investigate.
Tory Leader Erin O’Toole’s denied the allegation saying there is ”zero quid pro quo” between his party and the National Firearms Association.
O’Toole is promising to keep in place a 2020 cabinet order banning 1,500 makes and models of firearms but also says it will be reviewed.
The party platform promises to repeal the order-in-council but the online version of the platform was tweaked to add the line that all firearms that are currently banned will remain banned.