Former Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro, who was once parliamentary secretary to the prime minister, is going back to jail.
The Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision on Del Mastro’s second appeal of his conviction for election fraud. The appeal was heard in June at Osgoode Hall in Toronto.
The former Conservative member of parliament was found guilty in October 2014 of election fraud. Court heard then that Del Mastro had written cheques totaling $21,000 for voter polling software, and then submitted a false return to Elections Canada. At the time, Superior Court Justice Lisa Camera ruled that Del Mastro had deliberately broken spending rules then tried to cover up his crime.
“He was prepared not only to break the rules but to be deceitful about it,” Cameron said then.
Del Mastro’s lawyers appealed the conviction on the basis that he had not received the value of the work he paid.
He was originally sentenced to a month in jail. So far, he has spent a total of seven days behind bars while awaiting the outcome of his appeal.