Oct 31, 2014
By Jane Brown
Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro has been found guilty on all counts at his election overspending trial in Lindsay, Ontario
The now-Independent MP was once the Conservative government’s point man on defending the party against charges of voter fraud. He was charged with overspending during the 2008 federal election campaign. He was also charged with failing to report a personal contribution of 21-thousand dollars to his own campaign and knowingly submitting a falsified document.
Justice Lisa Cameron says she had concerns about the credibility of Del Mastro’s evidence, saying that at times, the way in which he testified led her “to believe he was avoiding the truth.” Cameron says he occasionally did not answer questions put to him in cross-examination and he frequently made the evidence unclear, leading her to reject his evidence on key issues.
Del Mastro sat with his hands folded in his lap and a serious look on his face as the judgement was delivered this morning.