The Globe and Mail reports in its Tuesday, April 30, edition that Conservative Party campaign director Hamish Marshall has business links with a national advocacy network supported by oil-industry executives.
The Globe's Jeff Lewis and Shawn McCarthy write that Mr. Marshall is a founding partner of media company One Persuades. Ontario Proud paid One Persuades $30,510 for two ads that attacked former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne.
Ontario Proud's founder, Jeffrey Ballingall, also formed Canada Proud, which is soliciting money from oil-industry executives to defeat the Liberal Party in the fall federal election.
Mr. Marshall is a Conservative organizer who has long straddled the fence between official party work and his own business with advocacy groups. The Proud network has received money from the pro-oil advocacy group Modern Miracle Network and industry executives who attended a private meeting on April 11 with Conservative Party of Canada strategists, including Mr. Marshall, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and operative Mark Spiro. They discussed using friendly interest groups independent of the party to rally support in a bid to oust the Liberals.
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