(LifeSiteNews) – Disqualified pro-life Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leadership candidate Joseph Bourgault says the party offered him “no flexibility” to counter its ruling that terminated his run.
In a statement sent to LifeSiteNews, Bourgault said he wanted to provide further clarification on the “specifics around the decision” by the CPC’s Leadership Election Oversight Committee (LEOC) regarding his removal from running.
Is the Conservative Party of Canada giving pro-life candidates the cold shoulder in this year's leadership race?
That's what many Canadians have been left to wonder after the CPC recently announced that two conservative, pro-life candidates, Grant Abraham and Joseph Bourgault, would not be eligible to have their names officially placed on the ballot for party leader, even after seemingly meeting all requirements to do so.
Could this be a case of the CPC establishment arbitrarily picking winners and losers in the ongoing leadership election? And, if so, are true conservatives like Abraham and Bourgault the ones being unfairly targeted?
We must ask ourselves -- and the CPC -- these questions.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition calling on the Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC) of the Conservative Party to immediately reinstate Grant Abraham and Joseph Borgault onto the ballot for party leader in this year's election immediately.
While Grant Abraham, an attorney from British Columbia and Joseph Bourgault, a businessman from Saskatchewan, may not be as well-known as some of their opponents running for Conservative Party Leader, they still managed, with hard work, determination, and grassroots support, to meet all of the stated requirements for their names to be faithfully added to the official CPC leadership ballot for this year's election on September 10th.
According to the CPC, these requirements are for candidates to raise $300,000 and obtain 500 petition signatures -- both of which Abraham and Bourgault actually achieved.
Abraham actually had raised $300,000 for the entry fee, in addition to submitting 598 petition signatures, and, likewise, Bourgault raised nearly $400,000, and submitted over 1,000 petition signatures.
SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the CPC now!
Yet even so, the CPC confirmed to the candidates late last weekend that neither had made the final cut because they added a 15% "administration fee" in addition to the $300,000 -- making the actual total they would have needed to raise closer to $350,000 (which, remarkably, still wouldn't explain why at least Bourgault was denied access to the ballot).
Abraham has gone on record declaring that this was false advertising by the party, and that the additional administration fee was never actually communicated to them by the CPC prior to their rejection.
Only four pro-life candidates entered the race for CPC leader this year, and two of them were Abraham and Bourgault.
A third, MP Marc Dalton, failed to meet the fundraising requirements set forth by the party, and a fourth, former leadership candidate and current MP Leslyn Lewis, made it onto the ballot.
So, is the CPC squeezing out conservative, pro-life candidates wherever possible? Are they breaking their own rules to suit the party's establishment, instead of the Canadian people?
It seems that fake conservatives in the CPC establishment are guilty of the same corrupt, power-hungry tendencies they often criticize Liberals for embracing.
Conservatives must demand justice: SIGN and SHARE this petition demanding that members of the Conservative Party's LEOC take immediate action to reinstate Abraham and Bourgault onto the official ballot for CPC Leader.
Both Abraham and Bourgault intend to appeal this grossly unethical and ideologically-discriminatory decision themselves, but they also need support from Canadians like YOU to get the message across!
P.S. You can support LIFE by attending this year's National March for Life in Ottawa on May 12th! Learn more HERE.
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'Two pro-life candidates for Conservative Party leadership were disqualified despite raising enough money' (LifeSiteNews)
'Canadian MP Leslyn Lewis becomes only remaining pro-life candidate for Conservative Party leadership' (LifeSiteNews)
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“They have provided us with feedback and details on the reasons for our ineligibility to remain in the race even though we had met all the criteria. There were documents that were submitted by our team to the Conservative Party in the last days of the campaign that they deemed incorrect and in violation of Elections Canada requirements,” Bourgault said in his statement.
“These details were very minor and could have easily been corrected, but there was no flexibility in their decision.”
Bourgault added that his stance is his team met all of the “qualifications but were not able to proceed due to minor details that were in part caused by lack of clarity and communications from both Elections Canada and the Conservative Party.”
While disappointed, he noted that his team is “working with the Conservative Party to return as much of the funds as possible to our supporters.”
He added he will continue his “mission to bring Truth, Freedom and Justice back to Canada.”
“We will gather honest, truth-seeking Canadians to provide support and leadership through the many challenges that we are facing as a nation. Our country has experienced incredible trauma and our Prime Minister continues to divide Canadians. Where he has failed, we will succeed in bringing Canadians together once again,” Bourgault said.
He is the president and CEO of Bourgault Tillage Tools and founder of “Canadians for Truth, Freedom, and Justice.”
Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) gave Bourgault its full endorsement, saying he is a “stellar pro-life, pro-family candidate who will also advocate for religious freedom, free speech and against authoritarian mandates on abortion-tainted vaccines.”
Disqualification of pro-life candidates was done with the most ‘outrageous of excuses,’ says pro-life group
Bourgault and pro-life candidate Grant Abraham were disqualified from running in the CPC leadership campaign despite having enough funds.
LEOC did not say why the pro-life candidates were disqualified but only that they did not meet the correct entry rules.
CLC director of political operations Jack Fonseca recently wrote that the two “pro-life, pro-family Conservative leadership candidates were disqualified from the race with the most outrageous of excuses from the party establishment.”
Fonseca noted that both Bourgault and Abraham were informed they had not met the advertised $300,000 ($233,560 USD) fundraising requirement, “even though they each paid the party more than $300,000 by the April 29 deadline.”
Fonseca wrote that LEOC told the Bourgault and Abraham campaigns that the advertised buy-in fee of $300,000, clearly stated in the rules, was not enough when considering extra “fees.”
“According to the party bureaucrats, here’s the math one must use: $200,000 + $100,000 = $345,0000. According to a different source, $200,000 + $100,000 = $353,000.
Fonseca wrote, “Our sources inside the CPC tell us that members of LEOC were surprised to hear that the buy-in fee was suddenly now $345,000, and not the $300,000 they had been working with.”
“One LEOC member shared, in confidence: ‘They made this figure up. We’d never heard of it before. The only number we had ever heard was $300,000,’” he added.
Fonseca noted that Bourgault’s and Abraham’s campaigns were notified that an additional 15 percent “administration fee” would be added to their $300,000 base fee, which was not advertised anywhere beforehand.
Fonseca noted that as both Bourgault and Abraham paid more than the required $300,00, “their names should rightfully be included in the final list of verified candidates.”
On May 2, CPC executive director Wayne Benson himself admitted that Bourgault’s and Abraham’s removal from the leadership race had nothing to do with their political beliefs or background but was instead due to finances.
However, Bourgault had raised nearly $400,000, which was enough to cover the $300,000 and extra “fee” of 15 percent.
The CPC will elect a new leader on September 10.
CPC MP Leslyn Lewis is the only candidate of six on the final ballot with solid pro-life credentials.
Lewis recently voiced concern that some candidates were disqualified from running in the leadership race. She also received praise for her efforts in the party’s first leadership debate, which was held last week.