The RCMP is investigating complaints that contributors to Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal's 2004 campaign have not received tax receipts for their money, CBC News reported last night.
"This is really strange and unusual," said Barj Dhahan, a campaign contributor. "We have one of our national parties and one of its candidates is accepting political contributions and there's no receipts. So it raises a lot of questions."
The Vancouver businessman told the CBC he gave Mr. Grewal a cheque for $600 for his 2004 re-election campaign. Mr. Dhahan said he never received a tax receipt.
It does not appear the cheque was deposited by the riding association or the Conservative party, leaving Mr. Dhahan asking where it went.
"All I can say is that the back of the cheque is endorsed by Mr. Grewal. He is the best person to know where this money went," Mr. Dhahan said.
Another donor, Sarup Mann, also told the CBC he didn't receive a tax receipt for his $600 campaign contribution -- despite asking for one several times.
"I've spoken to him a few times asking for a tax receipt. He tells me he'll get back to me and that I will get my receipt, but a year and a half later, I still don't have one. So, that's a long time," Mr. Mann told the CBC.
The CBC said they found three cases similar to those of Mr. Mann and Mr. Dhahan.
Under election financing rules, receipts must be issued to donors, and campaign contributions have to be deposited into the campaign or riding association account. Donations must also be reported to Elections Canada.
Mr. Grewal told the CBC that he handed his riding association all contributions, but the MP's official agent John Keith said he didn't report the cheques in question to Elections Canada or issue receipts because he never got them. The Conservative party told the CBC two of the cheques went to a supplier for campaign expenses.
Jim Holt, the president of Mr. Grewal's Newton-North Delta riding association, called the allegations part of a "political assassination campaign" by the Liberals.
Mr. Mann also gave $1,800 to the campaign of Mr. Grewal's wife, MP Nina Grewal, and said he didn't get a receipt for that, either.
Mr. Grewal would not comment when reached by The Globe and Mail last night.