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Liberals Snarling Over Tory Dog Prank

10/28/2012 06:10 EDT | Updated 12/28/2012 05:12 EST
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The New Brunswick Liberal party hasn't decided on whether they'll take legal action over a Progressive Conservative Party prank.

The executive director of the provincial Tories registered his dog to vote in the Liberal leadership race. Jean-Paul Soucy said he wanted to show the flaws in the Liberals' online voting system.

But the joke isn't sitting too well with the Liberals. They say Soucy should be fired.

Many Liberal speakers at the weekend convention joked about a dog being able to vote, but in his victory speech, new leader Brian Gallant said it was disappointing that a PC party staffer had set out to ridicule the democratic process.

"Thousands and thousands of people have worked extremely hard in this important democratic process," Gallant said.

Liberal Party president Britt Dysart said his party hasn't made a decision about whether to take legal action over the prank. But he does know what he'd do if the situation was reversed.

"That activity is certainly not something I would condone in our party," said Dysart. "If an employee of our party did it, they would be fired."

Jean-Paul Soucy wasn't available after the convention to comment on the criticisms.

Gallant won the leadership with more than 59 per cent of the points awarded under the Liberals' weighted voting system. Even if Soucy's dog did vote, it wouldn't have made a difference in the final outcome.

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