Adams, Soudas deny any wrongdoing in bitter nomination race
Published Friday, May 23, 2014 3:59PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, May 23, 2014 10:25PM EDT
Conservative MP Eve Adams and her fiancé Dimitri Soudas are denying any wrongdoing after allegations of campaign fraud in what has become an increasingly bitter nomination race.
In an interview with CTV’s Question Period that will air Sunday, Adams and Soudas, who is her campaign manager, denied allegations they improperly purchased memberships in the contentious nomination race in Oakville North-Burlington.
A day after the Conservative Party of Canada postponed a nomination vote in the Toronto-area riding over complaints of improper campaign activity, the pair blamed rival nomination challenger, Oakville chiropractor Natalia Lishchyna, for what has become a flurry of back-and-forth accusations.
“That other campaign has done nothing but sling mud and smear and attack people and make personal family attacks,” Adams said.
Lishchyna alleged this week that Adams’s campaign signed up members who did not pay for Conservative Party memberships. She further alleged that Adams’s campaign paid for those memberships, violating party and Elections Canada rules.
Lishchyna's campaign also said it has come across 38 examples of alleged fraud by Adams’s campaign.
- For CTV Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife’s full interview with Eve Adams and Dimitri Soudas, watch CTV’s Question Period this Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.
Members of Adams's team, meanwhile, have complained that a firm doing survey calls in the riding did not identify itself as working for Lishchyna, and allege that constitutes a violation of telecommunications rules around political calls.
Soudas said in an email to CTVNews.ca Thursday that the Adams campaign has recordings of such calls and has received dozens of complaints about them.
On Question Period, Soudas and Adams denied any campaign wrongdoing on their part.
“The other campaign has spent all their time, all their energy making personal attacks constantly,” Soudas said.
He also responded to allegations that Adams had left a threatening phone message with a party official.
“Yes, we did call him up and yes, we did tell him that he should not resort to personal attacks,” Soudas said.
Once a member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s inner circle, Soudas said he is no longer on speaking terms with the PM and doesn’t know if he had anything to do with postponing the nomination vote.
Soudas was ousted as Conservative Party director in March over his involvement in Adams’s nomination campaign.
“If I disappointed the prime minister, I have apologized to him, but at the same time, I stand by my decision to be loyal to the person that I love so much,” Soudas said.
Adams is seeking the Conservative nomination in a riding that neighbours the constituency she currently represents in the House of Commons.
It’s not the first time she has drawn attention from the PMO.
Earlier this spring, Harper asked the Conservative party national council to review a scathing letter of complaint from the constituency board about Adams's behaviour.