The Globe and Mail reports in its Friday edition that several energy industry executives are listed as organizers for a federal Conservative Party fundraising event that featured Andrew Scheer, providing another sign of how Canada's oil patch is working to oppose the Liberal government's record in an election year. The Globe's Bill Curry writes that during the June 4 event at Calgary's Westin Hotel, Mr. Scheer took questions from the audience. Documents filed with Elections Canada show the June 4 gathering included some of the key industry players who were involved in a secret April meeting that Mr. Scheer and two Conservative campaign strategists attended with Calgary energy executives. Then, those executives said the April 11 meeting was non-partisan. The documents list 146 participants at the June 4 Conservative event and state that the "required" contribution amount to attend was $1,600. A Conservative spokesman said the event was not a fundraiser. The Conservative Party's declaration to Elections Canada related to the June 4 event with Mr. Scheer lists several energy executives as organizers, including Kel Johnston, chairman of Pengrowth Energy, and Surge Energy chief executive officer Paul Colborne.
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