MP leaves Tory caucus over election charges
Conservative M-P Dean Del Mastro is denying he did anything wrong in response to charges he faces under the Elections Act.
The Ontario M-P issued a statement saying he is stepping out of caucus until the matter is resolved and looks forward to defending himself in court.
Del Mastro and his former official agent Richard McCarthy face three Canada Elections Act charges in connection with a 21-thousand personal cheque Del Mastro wrote to a political consultant shortly before the 2008 campaign.
The two are charged with exceeding the legal election spending limit, filing a campaign return that was false or misleading, and filing a return that omitted required information.
Del Mastro is also charged with exceeding the political contribution limit of one-thousand dollars after he allegedly wrote a $21,000 personal cheque to his own campaign.
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