The Conservative party and its financial arm pleaded guilty Thursday to a total of four charges of exceeding the party’s campaign expenses for the 2006 federal election and failing to report the proper amount, but in a plea bargain that saw related charges dropped against four top Conservatives who masterminded or approved the so-called 'in and out' advertising scheme at the centre of the case, both the Conservatives and their opponents claimed victory.
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This campaign is not defined by any overarching issue, and has become ‘personal’ and ‘ugly’ between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, says pollster and Ipsos president Darrell Bricker.