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Canada Top Tory fired after approving use of party funds for Scheer children private school

01:05  14 december  2019
01:05  14 december  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Andrew Scheer announced intention to step down shortly before reports he used funds for his children ’s eduction. Party officials said that the use of party funds to partially cover the cost of private school in Ottawa was a “normal practice” for political parties and denied the issue was linked

Andrew Scheer announced his resignation as Conservative Party leader on Thursday after a disappointing election loss that created internal divisions and revelations he is using party money to pay for his children ’s private school tuition. He will stay on until a replacement is chosen.

Andrew Scheer holding a sign: Andrew Scheer speaks to his supporters on the stage at Conservative Party HQ  on Election Day in Regina on Monday October 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell Andrew Scheer speaks to his supporters on the stage at Conservative Party HQ on Election Day in Regina on Monday October 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell

The executive director of the Conservative Party has been fired after approving the use of party funds to pay for the private schooling of Andrew Scheer’s children, sources tell Global News.

The Conservative Party is also now bringing in a forensic auditor to review spending arrangements by the Conservative Fund.

As Global News was the first to report on Thursday, Scheer resigned after news erupted within the party earlier this week that he had been getting reimbursed by donor money to pay for the cost of putting four of his five children in private school.

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Scheer ’s abrupt resignation comes amid accusations he misused party funds to pay for his children ’s private schooling . Scheer is opposed to abortion and has refused to partake in Pride marches, and such views might have cost the Tories votes in Canada’s major urban areas.

The board approves a dedicated fund to cover a leader’s expenses but does not sign off on specific expenditures, a source Conservative Party of Canada executive director Dustin van Vugt confirmed Thursday that the party has been paying part of the schooling costs for Scheer ’s children .

The fifth is not yet school-age.

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Dustin van Vugt, the executive director of the party who has now been fired, said on Thursday in a statement that he had approved the use of party funds to reimburse Scheer for the cost of his children's private schooling.

He said it was only a reimbursement of the difference between the cost of their schooling in Regina versus Ottawa.

But multiple Conservative sources told Global News that members of the Conservative Fund did not know about the arrangement and were furious to learn of it earlier this week, with many also worried about how the deal would look to voters.

More to come.

Top Tories probing over $900K in Scheer office expenses .
A spokesperson for the party refused to say whether the expenses were in line with those in 2015 and 2011.Multiple party sources tell Global News the usual expenses submitted from the leader’s office to the Conservative National Council sit in the range of about $200,000 per fiscal year – but that in its last financial statement, Scheer’s office expenses came in at over $900,000 for the last fiscal year.

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