October 31, 2014 / 3:33 PM / 4 years ago

Canada MP, former aide to Harper, found guilty under Elections Act

Conservative Member of Parliament Dean Del Mastro speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 16, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Member of Parliament Dean Del Mastro, a former aide to Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, was found guilty in an Ontario court on Friday of violations under the Canada Elections Act, local media reported.

Del Mastro, who currently sits as an independent in the House of Commons and once served as Harper’s parliamentary secretary, was found guilty of going over campaign expense limits among other charges.

The court’s verdict brought into question whether he would be allowed to continue to sit in the House, but Del Mastro told reporters he planned to remain a member of Parliament.

Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Peter Galloway

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