NDP asks Elections Canada to probe 'mysterious' 2009 Tory donations

NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice is seen with Peter Stoffer and Annick Papillon in this file photo....

NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice is seen with Peter Stoffer and Annick Papillon in this file photo. (ANDRE FORGET /QMI AGENCY)

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 3:06 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Opposition has asked Elections Canada to probe 2009 donations to a Montreal Conservative riding campaign after at least 11 people reportedly said they did not give money to the party.

NDP deputy ethics critic Alexandre Boulerice sent a letter to Elections Canada on Friday to ask for an investigation into donations made to the Laurier-Ste-Marie Conservative Riding Association.

Boulerice's request follows a report by PostMedia News, in which at least 11 people said they did not donate to the Conservative campaign in the downtown Montreal riding held until 2011 by former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe.

The donations, appearing on the 2009 Election Canada filing, were for $333.33, $666.66 and $733.33, according to the report.

"Who were making the real donations? We want to know. We want to know and this is why I'm asking Election Canada to make an inquiry about that," Boulerice told reporters. "You know, if it smells like fraud, if it looks like fraud, maybe it's fraud."

The Grits also alleged the Conservatives funnelled "illegal donations" through a "Montreal Conservative riding slush fund."

"Eleven of the people listed so far have said that they did not even know that a donation had been recorded using their name," Liberal MP Geoff Regan said in Question Period on Friday.

The Tories said the allegations are "unfounded."

"Mr. Speaker, repeated filings were made with Elections Canada on this issue," said Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, who stood in for the prime minister in the Commons Friday.

Kristy.Kirkup@sunmedia.ca

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