Elections Canada has charged four high-ranking members of the Conservative party, including two senators, with violating campaign spending rules. The four are Senator Doug Finley, Senator Irving Gerstein, Michael Donison, and Susan Kehoe. The charges are regulatory in nature—not criminal—and related to the Conservatives’ use of a controversial “in-and-out” tactic in 2006 to move money between the national and local campaigns. Elections Canada alleges the strategy allowed the party to exceed spending limits on national campaigns.
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