MP Derek Sloan been expelled from the Conservative caucus after a vote from his (former) colleagues.
Derek Sloan was the receiver of a $131 donation to him personally. This donation came under the pseudonym of Frederick P. Fromm, as pointed out by journalist Justin Lang.
The real donator of this check was actually a man named Paul Fromm, a known white supremisist. Sloan claims to have refunded the donation as soon as the real sender was realized. However, Erin O’Toole had already found the infraction and immediately moved for his dismissal.
PM Trudeau was quite pleased with the decision to expel Sloan as they had been trying to for some time.
In order to eject Sloan from the conservative caucus, O’Toole required 20% of the PC caucus’s signatures, and then a majority vote for his expulsion. Previous to today's meeting they already had 26 signatures which was more than enough to initiate the vote to expel him from the party.
Today, the caucus met and the vote was successful to remove Sloan, meaning that at least 61 MP’s voted for the failed leadership candidate to be expelled from the caucus.
Sloan noted Tuesday morning that the party had accepted Fromm’s as a member, and that he voted in the leadership election without raising any red flags.
Derek Sloan released a statement on Facebook:
Do not quit the CPC—or your delegate spot!
On Monday, CPC leader O’Toole went on a warpath to have me expelled from CPC caucus. Today, spurred on by O’Toole, a vote was held by my CPC caucus colleagues, and they have just decided to expel me.
What does this mean?
I will now sit as an independent MP in the House of Commons. I will still vote, debate, and represent true conservative values and policies.
So many of you have emailed me with messages of support, but also asking “Should I cancel my party membership? Should I drop out as a delegate?”
NO! Do not do either of those things.
Do not cancel your party membership. Do not cancel your delegate spot.
No matter how callous and misguided today’s actions by Erin and my colleagues were, we have much work to do in the next two months as we prepare for the policy convention in March.
Throughout the next few weeks, there will be “virtual delegate selection meetings” where you will be able to vote for you riding’s delegate who will represent you and vote on your behalf at convention.
I would like you to help vote for the most conservative delegates possible. To do this you must remain as a party member.
Even if the CPC emails you today, offering for you to drop out and cancel your membership, do not do it!
Of course, the undemocratic forces within our Party want to see good, democratic, conservatives purged from this convention process. Do not let them. That is exactly what Erin O'Toole wants.
No matter how ugly- how undemocratic- the events of the last two days have been, always remember, the Party is not the personal property of Erin O’Toole; the CPC belongs to you- the grassroots of the Party. I encourage you to use your voice, to stand up, and represent true conservative values with this convention.
I’ll have more to say on all of this in the coming days. Hang in there.