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Elections Canada clarifies King-Conservative Party dispute

Mark King, who was ousted as the Conservative candidate for Nipissing-Timiskaming, claims he did nothing wrong when he used his company’s business credit card to buy a membership to the party.

However, Elections Canada has a different viewpoint.

Officials within the Conservative Party replaced King with the runner-up at the June 17th nomination meeting, Jordy Carr, a town councillor in Callander.

The party said King broke the rules by using a corporate credit card to buy the party membership for himself and family members.

King said although his business is incorporated and he has a corporate credit card, he used a business credit card with his name on it to buy the membership and added this was alright to do.

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But Elections Canada doesn’t agree.

Ghislain Desjardins is the Senior Advisor of Media Relations and Issues Management Communications Services at Elections Canada.

Desjardins says if King’s business was a sole proprietorship, then it would have been alright to use a business credit card.

However, Desjardins says a business credit card cannot be used if the business is a corporation which King admits is the nature of his business.

Desjardins says when a business credit card is used to buy a membership to a political party, the nature of the business has to be considered.

As for King, he has called a news conference for Wednesday morning to talk about his political future.

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