Friday, April 18, 2008

Present RCMP warrant on headquarters raid, opposition tells Tories

OTTAWA — Opposition leaders demanded yesterday that the government make public a copy of the warrant presented by the RCMP to force a search by Elections Canada of Conservative Party headquarters this week.

That warrant – and the affidavit used to convince a judge that a search was necessary – remained sealed in a Toronto court yesterday. Lawyers for news outlets will try today to get the seal lifted.

The search appeared to be part of an investigation by the Commissioner of Elections Canada into an alleged Conservative scheme to exceed financing limits during the last federal election.

But the Conservatives insist the search related to a lawsuit the party launched against Elections Canada after that investigation began – an allegation that suggests Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand and Elections Canada Commissioner William Corbett abused their powers.

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