Ryan Leef says he doesn’t oppose the courts looking into alleged electoral fraud. He just doesn’t agree with the particular case he’s facing.
The Yukon’s MP, who won last year’s election by a narrow margin, is one of seven Conservative MPs who face court challenges contesting their wins.
It’s alleged that Yukoners who supported opposition parties were targeted with calls meant to deter them from voting. Individuals in the contested ridings have taken their cases to the Federal Court. Their cases are being bankrolled by the Council of Canadians.
Leef dismisses the group as biased. He and the six other MPs are asking the court to quash the challenges.
“I have a responsibility, as do all MPs, to make sure we use taxpayers’ dollars wisely and that we’re not tied up in things that are frivolous and vexatious,” he said.
“We support investigations and reviews that are credible and unbiased and that will allow us to get to the bottom of it,” he said. “I certainly want to get to the bottom of it.”
Elections Canada is also looking into the contested victories. That’s the only investigation that should be given attention by the courts, said Leef.