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Elections Canada investigating Conservative robocalls defender: report

OTTAWA – The man who is leading the Conservative defence in the robocall scandal, is himself reportedly under investigation by Elections Canada.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, Elections Canada is looking at Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro’s finances for his 2008 campaign.

There are accusations the campaign team for the Peterborough MP broke spending limits by $17,000, and that Del Mastro used a personal cheque for expenses.

He said he did nothing wrong and stands by his books.

However Del Mastro’s colleague, Calgary MP Rob Anders, said he suspects bias.

“I think this is beyond coincidence that the defender of our party in the House of Commons is being investigated by Elections Canada. People have to take a good look at Elections Canada and what their motive may be on this,” Anders said.

The maximum penalty for these charges is five years in jail.

The NDP said while the investigation is ongoing, Del Mastro should step down as parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.