Conservative MP Gets Jail Time for Breaking Electoral Law
Stephen Harper’s former Parliamentary Secretary Dean Del Mastro was once the face of a government fending off claims that fraudulent robocalls which plagued 200 ridings in the last federal election were orchestrated by the Conservative Party. He became infamous for dismissing all electoral infractions as “unsubstantiated smears” and then the tables turned.
Faced with allegations of his own that he violated the Elections Act in the 2008 election, Del Mastro suddenly became absent and today has since been sentenced to a month in prison followed by four months of house arrest and 18 months probation.
He has been charged for exceeding spending limits, failing to report a personal contribution of $21,000 to his campaign and knowingly submitting a falsified document.
Del Mastro pleads he did nothing wrong and has filed an appeal of his conviction and today’s sentence.
He has since resigned his Peterbourough seat where he sat as an independent since being charged. His resignation will allow him to keep his pension which will be available when he turns 55.