Recently, a CPC advocate asked, “How many Harper conservatives have been harged with fraud?”

  1. Vic Toews has a fraud conviction from Manitoba. Harper wasn’t concerned. He made Toews his Minister of Public Safety and top law maker. Toews was later turfed after a number of gaffes, including calling Canadians who opposed his warrantless spy plan “pedophile enablers.”)
  2. Peter Penashue, another Harper cabinet member, is alleged to have accepted 28 illegal campaign donations.   He resigned in disgrace. Even after the allegations came to light, Harper continued supporting him.
  3. Dean Del Mastro, another Harper cabinet appointment, is facing four charges of fraud and a possible five years in jail.
  4. Arthur Porter – put in charge of Canada’s spy agency by Stephen Harper – is in jail awaiting trial for fraud, conspiracy to commit government fraud, abuse of trust, secret commissions and laundering the proceeds of a crime. Harper received and ignored warnings about Porter. Porter and his wife Pamela Mattock were detained by Interpol agents in Panama on May 27, 2013, after an investigation by the Sureté du Québec, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).
  5. “On February 24, 2011, four senior Conservative Party members were charged in the In and Out Scandal under the Elections Canada Act with overspending over $1 million in the 2006 election including allegations that Conservative election expense documents submitted to Elections Canada were “false or misleading” and attempted to fraudulently gain almost $1 million in refunds from taxpayers. Senator Doug Finley, (the party’s campaign director in 2006 and 2008, and the husband of Human Resources Development Minister Diane Finley), Senator Irving Gerstein, Michael Donison (former national party director) and Susan Kehoe (who has served as an interim party executive director) all face 3 months in jail, $1000 in fines or both.”  The In-Out scandal cost taxpayers $2.3 million.
  6. The federal court ruled fraud [by Conservatives] had occurred in the 2011 election: “there was an orchestrated effort to suppress votes during the 2011 election campaign by a person with access to the [Conservative Party’s] CIMS database,” the ruling said.
  7. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, is being investigated for bribery, fraud and breach of trust along with Senator Mike Duffy, in an RCMP probe that has expanded to include the Prime Minister’s Office, RCMP Cpl. Greg Horton says in the court documents that there are reasonable grounds to believe Wright offered money or favour to Duffy contrary to the Criminal Code. Horton alleges Duffy agreed to accept the offer of money. Horton also alleges Wright and Duffy “have committed bribery, frauds on the government, and breach of trust.”
  8. Jim Love, appointed by Flaherty to head the Canadian Mint  engineered an offshore tax avoidance scheme. Love is a “close friend of Finance Minister Flaherty [and] has also served as tax adviser to the government.”
  9. Bruce Carson, once a senior adviser to Stephen Harper is awaiting trial on fraud and influence peddling. Carson made Harper’s career.

(Tip: Never ask a question you haven’t answered yourself first.)

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