Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro faces four charges under the Elections Act

OTTAWA – Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro has resigned from the Conservative caucus after he and a campaign worker were charged with filing a false document and failing to report $21,000 in expenses from the 2008 election. The charges follow a two-year investigation by the Commissioner of Canada Elections.

Del Mastro, who until recently served as Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s parliamentary secretary, faces four charges under the Elections Act, three shared with official agent Richard McCarthy.

Upon conviction, the charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

In a statement late Thursday, Del Mastro said, “Today I learned that Elections Canada laid charges against me pertaining to the 2008 General Election. As I have consistently stated in the past, I entirely reject these allegations and look forward to the opportunity to defend myself in court.

“While it is my full intention to continue…

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