The Conservative Party’s 2019 Election Expense Rebate Clawback was a terrible policy decision that effectively stole money owed to Electoral District Associations (EDAs) by Elections Canada and delivered it to Party coffers instead.
New Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole’s promise was crystal clear. Once Party members elected him as leader, he would make the Conservative Party give back the money they stole from EDAs.
On October 1st, 2020, less than six weeks after Erin O’Toole was crowned Leader, Conservative Fund Chair James Dodds sent an email to all EDA Presidents in which he stated unequivocally he would not allow Erin O’Toole to keep his promise.
I started out searching for the $4.5 million in election expense clawbacks missing from James Dodds’ email.
What I uncovered by following the money were several inconvenient and deeply problematic truths about how the Conservative Party fights elections, including:
- Why the Conservative Party can’t win in Quebec (they forfeit almost 70% of Quebec ridings without putting up a fight)
- the 10 Electoral Districts that spent less than $5,000 to win the 2019 election
- the 50 Electoral Districts that spent less than $25,000 during the last election (and the only riding to win despite spending less than $25,000)
- the 78 Electoral Districts that spent less than $35,000 in Election 2019 (and the only 7 to win when spending so little)
If you care about the Conservative Party, you need to know these facts so you can push the Party to stop hiding from the reality they refuse to face.
If you hate the Conservative Party, this report will bring a smile to your face because all of these problems are easily fixed, but the Party refuses to admit they exist to its members.
If integrity in politics matters to you, this report will give you the tools to help right the Conservative Party ship that is currently rudderless, despite a brand new leader at the helm.