11 p.m., Sept. 17)
Former Liberal candidate retires campaign debt
By Fred Sherwin
months after the Liberal Party of Canada revoked his nomination
for carrying a residual debt from his failed leadership
bid, Orléans lawyer David Bertschi is now debt free.
Orléans Liberal Party candidate David
Bertschi announced last week that he has paid off the
remaining debt from his 2013 leadership bid.
issued a press release last Thursday thanking his many
supporters and donors for helping retire his lingering campaign debt.
am humbled by the support I received, both morally and
financially, which enabled me to carry on and clear the
debt I accrued after driving more than 19,850 kms across
our great country. I would like to express my heartfelt
appreciation and gratitude to each and every one of you.
You are great Canadians and true democrats," he added.
carried the Liberal Party banner against Conservative
incumbent Royal Galipeau in the 2011 General Election
and received 38 per cent of the vote.
2013, he answered the call to help reinvigorate the
fortunes by adding his name to the list of candidates
seeking the party's leadership. He eventually dropped
out of the race two weeks before the leadership convention.
his five-month campaign, Bertshi amassed $155,025 in debt.
When he filed his papers for the local nomination in the
spring of 2014, he included a plan to pay off the debt
before the election. He was on course to do just that
when Liberal campaign co-chairs Katie Telford and Dan
Gagnier revoked his nomination last November citing that
he had failed to meet a Oct. 15 deadline set by Elections
Canada to pay his outstanding loans. They also expressed
serious doubt that he woud be abe to repay the remainder
of his campaign debt before the general election.
dismissed all of those points and said the party wasn't
being straightforward with Liberals and Canadians.
He also accused the Liberal Party leadership of revoking
his nomination to pave the way for Justin Trudeau confidante
Andrew Leslie, who went on to win the nomination by acclamation.
being unceremoniously dumped by the Liberal Party, Bertschi
filed suit against Justin Trudeau and the party's national
director, Jeremy Broadhurst, along with Telford and Gagnier,
for defamation and breach of contract. The claim has yet
to be resolved.
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