Widely anticipated forerunner in the Progressive Conservative leadership race, Jim Prentice has recently protected his campaign’s decision to provide free party memberships to its supporters, which is a practice unambiguously called a “scuzzy” move and denounced by former premier Alison Redford.
Mr. Prentice confessed to his campaign’s actions on Wednesday, admitting that the campaign team is giving away memberships that usually costs $10. However, he also clarified that all memberships being handed out for free are actually paid for or sponsored by third party supporters. The former federal cabinet minister and CIBC banking executive, Prentice, mentioned that “this is the same as all other leadership races. Are there free memberships? Yes, there are free memberships. It happens in all of these campaigns in every party.” He added that “the point is, the party has insisted that all these memberships be paid for. They will be paid for and we’ll be fully transparent and disclose all of the details.”