The contracts were allegedly handed out over Erin O’Toole’s first six months as the leader of the party.
O’Toole was elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada on August 24, 2020.
O’Toole campaigned as a “True Blue Conservative”, positioning himself to the right of his main opponent, Peter Mackay.
The contracts include various recipients such as Jim Ross, who was in charge of O’Toole leadership campaign field operations and who received an $83,000 contract in public funds.
Ex Conservative MP Alupa Clarke received a $72,000 contract.
“Someone should remind O’Toole and his team that we are supposed to be the party of accountability”, a Harper-era Conservative told Global News.
The revelations come as the Trudeau government is under fire for a $75,000 contract given to a close childhood friend of Justin Trudeau.
In August 2020, the Conservative Party called for an investigation into the Liberal government’s outsourced $84 million rent subsidy program contract awarded to the husband of a top-ranking liberal staffer.
Most notably, in October 2020, the Trudeau Liberal government gave a $237 million contract to a firm that had been created just seven days before obtaining the contract and that the federal government overpaid by nearly $100 million.