Elections Canada probes Dean Del Mastro cousin's records

MP Dean Del Mastro waves to the crowd during the 40th annual Kinsmen Santa Claus parade down George...

MP Dean Del Mastro waves to the crowd during the 40th annual Kinsmen Santa Claus parade down George St. on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Peterborough, Ont. Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/QMI AGENCY

Galen Eagle, Peterborough Examiner

, Last Updated: 7:06 PM ET

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. ─ Donations made to Peterborough, Ont., MP Dean Del Mastro’s 2008 re-election campaign and the Peterborough riding Conservative riding association from employees at his cousin’s electrical company were intended to curry the MP’s favour and secure lucrative business contracts, court documents obtained by QMI Agency allege.

Elections Canada began investigating Deltro Electric and owner David Del Mastro in the summer of 2012 after media reports claimed donors who contributed about $22,000 to Dean Del Mastro's re-election campaign were reimbursed by the company.

About 22 people who either worked for Deltro Electric or are relatives of someone who worked for the company at the time each donated $1,000 to Del Mastro's campaign or the local Conservative riding association and it is alleged the company gave them $1,050 for making the contributions.

Elections Canada investigators, accompanied by an RCMP computer forensic team, raided Deltro Electric in Mississauga, Ont., on Oct. 9 armed with a warrant to search the company’s computer system and access company records, cheques and financials.

Dean Del Mastro said Tuesday that all donations received by his 2008 re-election campaign were legitimate.

“We had no motivation whatsoever to accept any suspect donations. We had surplus funds in the campaign. I have always been very fortunate to have strong support both from voters and donors. We had a fully funded campaign,” he said.

Elections Canada obtained TD Bank statements showing Deltro Electric made payments of $1,050 to 22 people during the 2008 election, according to a sworn statement by investigator Ronald Lamothe.

None of the allegations have been proven in court and nothing in the court documents suggest Dean Del Mastro was involved in the alleged scheme or knew anything about it.


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