Derek Sloan removed from Conservative caucus
Conservative MPs have voted to expel Derek Sloan from caucus after the eastern Ontario MP accepted a donation from a notorious white nationalist, CBC News reported.
Party leader Erin O’Toole initiated the caucus removal process late Monday after news of the donation surfaced.
Sloan did not dispute he received the money but has said he was unaware of it, and it was unfair to expect him to scrutinize the backgrounds of all donors.
O’Toole announced Monday that he was seeking to expel Sloan for accepting money from a white nationalist named Paul Fromm. Fromm made the donation under the name Frederick P Fromm in August, in the amount of $131 to Sloan’s leadership campaign.
Sloan argues that he received 13,000 individual donations, amounting to more than $1.3 million. He adds that when he learned of the donation, he reached out to party brass to have the money returned.
Under the Reform Act, a Conservative MP can only be ejected from caucus after 20 per cent of caucus members formally request a membership review and a majority vote in favour of removal.
Conservatives voted by secret ballot today and sources — speaking on the condition of anonymity — said the majority of MPs voted to remove Sloan from their benches.