NDP asks Elections Canada to look at alleged donor fraud involving Tories

The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The NDP is asking Elections Canada to investigate alleged fraud involving donations to the Conservatives in Montreal.

The allegations relate to a report by Postmedia News citing several Montrealers who say they did not donate to the Conservatives even though party financial filings say they did.

Despite not having a hope of winning the riding, the Tories collected $288,823 in donations in Laurier Ste-Marie in 2009.

The Conservatives shrug off questions about the alleged phoney donors, saying Elections Canada reviews all their paperwork.

It is illegal to make a political donation on behalf of someone else and circumvent the contribution limits under the Elections Act.

Neither Elections Canada nor the RCMP would confirm or deny they are investigating.