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Patrick Brown wants to complain of disqualification from conservative leadership

Toronto-based lawyers Alex Smith and Marie Henein are Brown's lawyers.

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Stephanie Taylor and Marie-Danielle Smith

Conservative leadership hopeful Patrick Brown takes part in the Conservative Party of Canada French-language leadership debate in Laval, Quebec on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
Patrick Brown expects conservative leadership Participated in the Canadian French Leadership Debate on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Laval, Quebec.Photo: Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press

Patrick Brown is the federal overseer of the party's leadership competition. I would like to sue that the Conservatives have decided to disqualify him.

Imminent legal proceedings and warning notices related to Brown's expulsion were announced Wednesday night with party chief election officer Don Nightingale and the party. It was sent to Ian Brody, the chairman of the election organization. Committee.

The letter was signed by Toronto-based lawyers Alex Smith and Marie Hennein. They say they are Brown's lawyers.

He said he would sue for his sudden dismissal after Brown defended his innocence and accused the party of mistaking the situation to build odds in favor of his main rivals. The decision has come.

The party's leader election committee chose to disqualify Brown from the contest on Tuesday night based on what Brody called a "serious allegation of cheating." ..

Party leader Rob Basserson confirmed on Wednesday that the allegations came from within Brown's campaign team.

Neither Brody nor the party specifically outlines what the allegations are, they only appear to violate the funding rules of the Canadian Election Law, and therefore with the Canadian Elections. Said it would be shared.

Lawyer Marie Henein, representing Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, speaks during a press conference in Ottawa on May 8, 2019.
Marc Norman, a lawyer representing Vice Admiral Marc Norman, Press conference held in Ottawa on May 8, 2019.Photo: Errol McGihon/Post Media

Brown's lawyer claims the party's decision not to provide. The details he seeks indicate that he has not participated in any illegal activity.

"This Kafkaesque process is politically motivated, leads to pre-determined outcomes, and is inconsistent with the values ​​the party should support," Hennein and Smith said. Read the co-signed appeal notice.

In the second letter, they ask Brody to make sure that all records and documents, including texts and messages about Brown's disqualification, are preserved.

This tells members of the Leadership Election Commission, "All communication with members of the Pierre Poirievre campaign related to Patrick Brown and other stakeholders. It means to say, "Keep it up."

Poilievre's campaign blamed Brown at the party on Wednesday, saying he "is trying to make himself a victim." His campaign also said it had nothing to do with the allegations made against Brown.

Brampton Mayor Brown told the Canadian Press earlier that day that the Commission had been presented with an anonymous allegation that someone working on his campaign had been paid by the company. Stated.

Concerns about his election funding were first raised by his team last week.

Patrick Brown, with his wife Genevieve and son Theodore and daughter Savannah, announces he will run for the federal Conservative leadership, at a Brampton banquet hall on March 13, 2022.
Patrick Brown, wife Genevieve and son Theodore and his daughter Savannah announced on March 13, 2022 that they would run for federal Conservative leaders at the Brampton banquet hall.Photo: Jack Boland/Toronto Sun

Brown requested but provided information about the identity of an individual or company. Said it wasn't done.

Regarding other claims, Brown said his campaign answered a question from the party regarding reports that his mayor's office staff was working on his leadership campaign. He said his team explained that those who did so did not help with the campaign during working hours.

He had another allegation about an email received at party headquarters and questions about the names of various supporters in connection with the handwriting of one of Brown's supporters from the Tamil community. I added that.

Brown said his campaign felt that the party was doing a "fishing expedition" in their question, but was happy with the answers they provided.

"I'm angry. I'm disappointed. It's unbelievable that this happens," he said.

"We believe we were on the verge of winning this leadership. I thought there was a great path."

Former Ontario's progressive conservative leader Brown said his campaign registered more than 150,000 new people to join the party. Many of them were welcomed by some of the cultural communities in the country's largest cities, where the party has struggled to find support in the last few federal elections.

Regarding allegations about how someone on the campaign team was paid, Brown understands what his team has 1,800 volunteers nationwide and everyone is doing. Said it was difficult.

"Our campaign was very strict in compliance with Canadian election and party rules. If you hear an example of non-compliance, of course, I'd like to fix it right away. "

Despite seeking a complaint, his options look slim.

According to the party's election rules, there is no obvious possibility of an appeal.

Conservative strategist Michael Diamond said the boulevard does not seem to be very successful, as courts are usually trying to move away from the party's internal activities.

According to Diamond, it is currently important for the party to be as transparent as possible, emphasizing that the dismissal of candidates should only be done under the most severe circumstances. ..

"The general public, including disqualified candidates, deserves to know exactly what the rationale is."

Party spokesman Yaroslav Balan Said he wasn't surprised to see Brown "sand being thrown into the air" after being accused of mishandling the situation.

"There are different categories of alleged violations ... The Commission makes decisions based on the nature of the allegations and the credibility of the person who created them. The allegations had to be made. "

Mr. Balan said that the party membership list (a very important document used by candidates to convince candidates to vote for party members) provided for the campaign last week was Of the race that said he was withdrawn from Brown's campaign allegedly violating the rules.

Brown is also soaking in boiling water with critics inside Brampton City Hall. Five council members issued a statement on Wednesday. Patrick Brown's.

The Conservative Party announces the winner of the leadership race in Ottawa on September 10.

In addition to Poilievre and Charest, Conservative MPs Leslyn Lewis and Scott Aitchison, and Babel, a former Independent Party member of the Roman Ontario Parliament.

The party has already mailed a lot of people, so Brown's name still appears on the ballot.

Last week, the party said about 675,000 members had signed up to vote for the new leader.

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