No, unfortunately, they were not filmed t-boning hookers on the lawn of the parliament buildings. However,
After months of heated denials, the federal Conservative party has quietly admitted it failed to publicly disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of donations.
In addition, three attendees to their 2005 convention in Montreal, including Stephen Harper himself
... exceeded their $5,400 annual limit for political contributions. As a result, the party refunded $456 each to Harper and the other two delegates.
Now this is all from a revised financial report filed by the CPC itself. Outside observers...well, Liberal MP Mark Holland..believe that the report does not touch on any number of improprieties:
For instance, it doesn't mention the fact that the registration form for the convention invited outside observers -- generally lobbyists and representatives of professional groups -- to use their corporate credit cards to pay the $750 observer fee. The Liberal party maintains such payments constitute corporate donations, which are strictly prohibited.
Moreover[....]the Liberals have identified roughly 200 Tories -- not just the three disclosed in the revised report -- who likely exceeded their annual donation limit after paying the convention fee. The regular fee was $600, although discounts were available to some.
Is Donationgate the first big Tory scandal? I think so! Cue the outrage!
"I am shocked and appalled...etc."
And its interesting to compare scandals. No fair-minded person could accuse rank and file Liberals of being complicit in Adscam. Here, though, the fact that delegate fees were not being treated in a proper fashion (as donations to the party) could have, and seems to have been, something known to literally hundreds of Tory delegates to the 2005 convention.
In other words, the rot goes right to the bottom!
H/T to Meaghan and WalksWithCoffee who helped uncover this whole mess way back last summer.
Update: here's an even more relevant link to Somena Media. It illustrates the depth of CPC perfidy.