Dean Del Mastro Has Resigned As MP

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UPDATED: Here's the video of his resignation in the House...


Peterborough is without an MP as Dean Del Mastro has resigned his seat, CBC reports, less than a week after being found guilty of spending too much on his 2008 campaign. "I will not be a distraction in Peterborough," he said during his emotional resignation in the House of Commons.

Del Mastro was found guilty last week on three counts of violating the Canada Elections Act—exceeding spending limits during the 2008 election, failing to report a personal contribution of $21,000 to his own campaign and knowingly submitting a falsified document.

No word on when the by-election will be.

Photo Laura Payton CBC

Photo Laura Payton CBC

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Dean Del Mastro Re-Elected In Peterborough Riding: Here Are The Final Results

Dean Del Mastro acceptance speech at The VenueAfter winning 49.7% of the vote, Dean Del Mastro has been re-elected. Voter turnout was 65.4% in Peterborough, according to the Examiner.

The final results are as follows:

1. Dean Del Mastro (CPC): 29,535 votes (49.7%)

2. Dave Nickle (NDP): 14,722 (24.8%)

3. Betsy McGregor (Liberal): 12,757 votes (21.5%)

4. Michael Bell (Green Party): 2,105 votes (3.5%)

Del Mastro received more votes this year than in the last election.

[Photo via Justin Beaudoin]

[The Peterborough Examiner]

What are your thoughts on the results?

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Election Peterborough: How Social Media Will Have An Impact (And How To Interact With Local Candidates)

In the past, it was much easier for politicians to avoid any meaningful dialogue with constituents while they were out on the campaign trail: to hide behind attack ads or to stick to carefully prepared key messages written by party spin doctors.

That is beginning to change, thanks to social media.

We, the citizens of Peterborough, can now do the following:

 • engage with the political candidates on Twitter and on Facebook, asking that they run a campaign that is about issues and that they steer clear of personal attacks, half-truths, and hyperbole;
• insist that they provide factual, verifiable answers about their political record and that they spell out their plans for our riding in as much detail as possible;
• attend public events featuring the candidates and share audio and video footage of those presentations with our fellow voters via social media;
write to the candidates about issues that matter to us and share their responses so that everyone can benefit from what we learn.
I intend to monitor the Facebook pages and Twitter feeds for Dean Del Mastro (CPC), Betsy McGregor (Lib), Dave Nickle (NDP), and the Green Party candidate (when that person is declared). I hope you will, too.

I hope you'll ask them questions and engage them in conversation so that, come voting day, you'll have a clear sense of which candidate will do the best job of representing the interests of the citizens of Peterborough Riding.


Dean Del Mastro
twitter: @votedelmastro

Betsy McGregor
twitter: @betsymcgregor

Dave Nickle
twitter: @davenickle

[written by PtboCanada contributor Ann Douglas]

[Related: Election Race Has Begun In Peterborough (And Jabs Already Starting To Fly)]

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Election Race Has Begun In Peterborough (And Jabs Already Starting To Fly)


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Video: Dean Del Mastro Is Completely Condescending To Margaret Atwood

[UPDATE] More on the story here.

[YouTube; Atwood and MP scrap over copyright]

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"I Love CBC" Rally This Thursday In The Patch

In light of MP Dean Del Mastro's recent comments, this Thursday (January 27th) at 11:30 a.m. there will be a press conference and rally in support of the CBC held at the entrance to the Peterborough Public Library.

For more information, visit here and/or follow @ilovecbcptbo on Twitter.

[ilovecbc's posterous]

[Contributed by PtboCanada's Julie Morris]

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Apparently Dean Del Mastro Brought Back The "Electric City" Moniker To Peterborough

We didn't know it was Dean. But in this recent speech he delivered at the Rotary Club all about Peterborough past and present, and what his vision has been for it, that's what he says, starting at about the 1:10 mark: "I brought back the title 'Electric City'. I hadn't heard that in years, but I did see it on a few things historically that related to Peterborough, as a moniker that related to it."


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Before they were famous: Dean Del Mastro Yearbook Pics

[Source: Adam Scott 1990 Yearbook]

[Dean Del Mastro, MP, website]

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