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Canadian News Apr 25, 2022 3:00 PM EST

Ontario Party adds Trump advisor Roger Stone to its team

"I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that my friend, the legendary American conservative political strategist Roger Stone," wrote Ontario Party leader Derek Sloan.

Ontario Party adds Trump advisor Roger Stone to its team
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC

Former Conservative MP and Ontario Party leader Derek Sloan announced on Monday that conservative strategist and lobbyist Roger Stone would be joining the party as its Senior Strategic Advisor.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that my friend, the legendary American conservative political strategist Roger Stone, a man whose name is synonymous with successful electoral campaigns, is joining our team as Senior Strategic Advisor for the Ontario Party," wrote Sloan in a tweet.

A statement from the party reads: "Roger Stone, a man synonymous with successful conservative political campaigns in the United States, most famously Donald Trump’s 2016 upset victory, has signed on to work for the Ontario Party as their Senior Strategic Advisor.

"Roger Stone has worked for three American Presidents including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Donald Trump, as well as electing dozens of governors, US senators, and congressmen in the United States. As a seasoned veteran of hard-nosed politics, Roger’s insights into campaign strategies designed to take back Ontario will be invaluable to our grassroots campaign going forward.

"In a recent interview Roger Stone said he was 'inspired by the Canadian Truckers Convoy and shocked by the brutal authoritarianism of the Trudeau government to help the people of Ontario throw off the yoke of the Trudeau-Ford regimes.'"

"We were fortunate enough to have him deliver the keynote address at our
Candidate Convention a few weeks ago, and it really fired everybody up. I can’t wait to see the amazing effect that Roger’s genius will have on our campaign to take back Ontario," Sloan said in the statement.

The Ontario Party is presenting itself as a true blue conservative party, that vows to defend "freedom, family, and faith," something that they say the "counterfeit" Progressive Conservatives, led by Doug Ford, has not done. The statement criticizes Ford having "moved the party so far to the left that it is unrecognizable to any real conservative."

"Stone's speech at the Ontario Party's candidate convention addressed Doug Ford's duplicity in misrepresenting himself as a conservative. He spoke to the fact that the PC Party 'has our label, but does not have our principles and there is nothing conservative about them.'"

In 2020, then-President Donald Trump commuted Stone's prison sentence days before he was set to be put behind bars.

Stone was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of charges relating to the US government’s investigation into Russian interference with Trump’s victory in the 2016 election.

In November 2019, Stone was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison on 7 counts including witness tampering and lying to the House Intelligence Committee during the Mueller Report and Special Counsel investigation into the Russiagate conspiracy. He was also fined $20,000 and two years of supervised release.

The Ontario Party's statement says they are focused on "accountability for the authoritarian, unconstitutional lockdowns and mandates imposed by the Ford government, a parents first approach to education, and the protection of inalienable civil liberties for every citizen."

In a follow-up tweet, Sloan told Ford to "watch out big guy."

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