Conservative Party executive director resigns over nomination spat

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Canada’s governing Conservative party has been engrossed in scandals over the past year. After the suspension of three Senators and alleged involvement by the Prime Minster’s Office (PMO), along with widespread critique on an Election Right bill, one of the prime minster’s inner circle executive, Dimitri Soudas, was forced to resign over a nomination spat that involves his fiance.

The Conservative party’s top operative and campaign organizer Dimitri Soudas resigned Sunday amid a controversy over his fiancee’s nomination bid in a suburban Toronto riding.

Riding association presidents received a sudden email from party president John Walsh late Sunday evening informing them of the departure.

“Earlier this evening I was notified of the resignation of Dimitri Soudas as executive director, effective immediately,” Walsh wrote, in a email obtained by The Canadian Press.

The party’s top governing body, called the national council, was scheduled to discuss the matter. Soudas did not respond to a request for comment.

Soudas is close to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and had left a senior post at the Canadian Olympic Committee in December to help with the party’s 2015 election preparations. Read More Global News

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