Del Mastro keen to clear his name: lawyer
OTTAWA - A lawyer for embattled MP Dean Del Mastro says his client is keen for his election spending case to go to trial as quickly as possible.
Jeff Ayotte says the Ontario MP, formerly a member of the Conservative caucus, wants to clear his name of allegations he knowingly exceeded election spending limits.
Del Mastro faces four charges under the Canada Elections Act linked to a $21,000 personal cheque he paid to an Ottawa political consultant before the 2008 campaign.
His former official agent Richard McCarthy also faces three charges.
Del Mastro resigned from the Tory caucus shortly after the charges were laid Thursday.
Ayotte says while the Commissioner of Canada Elections case will be first heard Nov. 7 in Peterborough, Ont., a trial likely won't take place until next spring.