Con­vic­tions up­held for for­mer MP

Penticton Herald - - NEWS -

TORONTO — A for­mer fed­eral politi­cian has lost his bid to have his con­vic­tions for elec­toral of­fences over­turned.

The On­tario Court of Ap­peal said Wed­nes­day it is up­hold­ing Dean Del Mas­tro’s 2014 con­vic­tions on three vi­o­la­tions of the Canada Elec­tions Act.

Del Mas­tro was for­mer prime min­is­ter Stephen Harper’s one-time point man on de­fend­ing the Tories against al­le­ga­tions of elec­toral fraud.

He was con­victed of over­spend­ing, fail­ing to re­port a per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion of $21,000 he made to his own cam­paign, and fil­ing a false re­port dur­ing the 2008 elec­tion.

He was sen­tenced to a month in jail, but has been free on bail since last year as the ap­peal process moved for­ward.

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