Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown hosts $1,700 per ticket fundraiser to cover CPC leadership race debt

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Published February 28, 2023 at 4:23 pm

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown is working to pay off debt from his federal Conservative leadership bid, but without the help of the party or the ability to issue tax receipts to donors.

The Conservative Party of Canada ousted Brown from the leadership campaign last year over allegations he had violated the rules of the race and possibly the Canada Elections Act.

Brown, who has denied any wrongdoing, threw his hat back into Brampton’s mayoral ring after being disqualified from the CPC race and went on to win re-election with nearly 60 per cent of 84,919 votes.

The mayor has an unspecified amount of expenses to pay off from his leadership campaign and hosted a fundraiser charging $1,700 per ticket in the Greater Toronto Area last week. To qualify for the Conservative leadership race, candidates were required to submit some $300,000 worth of fees and nomination signatures.

The Conservative party has confirmed it is not accepting contributions to Brown’s campaign, as its own rules prevent it from doing so for candidates that did not meet its leadership contest criteria.

Brown’s campaign manager says his team has set up its own account in the name of its official agent to collect donations, which are ineligible for the federal tax credit for political contributions.

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