Oct 27, 2022

By Jane Brown

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We’ve learned Patrick Brown has been fined $100,000 by the federal Conservative party.

A Toronto Star report says Brown received a letter informing him of the fine last Thursday, days ahead of his re-election win as mayor of Brampton, and amid the ongoing probe by Elections Canada into his ill-fated campaign for the Conservative party’s leadership.

The fine from the party is said to represent the total of the compliance deposit all canadidates had to pay to enter the race.

Brown is not the only candidate who’s been fined. Both Pierre Poilievre and Leslyn Lewis were each docked $50,000 for failing to appear at the Conservative’s third debate.

The Conservative party’s decision to disqualify Patrick Brown stemmed from multiple issues, including allegations he may have broken elections law by using a third party company to pay campaign staff and that some of his membership sales broke party rules.

And new allegations suggest a social media firm being paid by Brampton City Hall to create and monitor online content did leadership-campaign related posts as well.

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