New Brunswick Tory official says dog registered to vote in Liberal leadership

FREDERICTON — The Canadian Press

New Brunswick Liberal Leader Shawn Graham holds a news conference on Tuesday, Nov.9, 2010 announcing that he is stepping down as the party's leader in Fredericton, Tuesday, November 9, 2010 as his wife Roxanne Reeves looks on. (Stephen MacGillivray/The Canadian Press/Stephen MacGillivray/The Canadian Press)

The executive director of New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservative party is raising questions about the integrity of the provincial Liberal leadership race after he was able to vote using his dog’s name.

Jean-Paul Soucy says he registered his dog “Pitou” – or puppy in English – to vote online for one of the three candidates vying for the top Liberal job at Saturday’s leadership convention in Moncton, N.B.

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Soucy says he wanted to test the Liberal voting system but couldn’t use his own name because he’s a member of the Tory party.

Soucy says he thought he would’ve been caught while registering, but wa s surprised when a voting package arrived in the mail for his dog, including a pin number to vote online.

He declined to say who he voted for.

No one from the Liberal party was immediately available to comment.

The party earlier announced that almost 19,000 people had registered to vote.

Voting began last week.

Former provincial Liberal cabinet minister Mike Murphy, Moncton lawyer Brian Gallant and Nick Duivenvoorden (DY’-ven-vor-den), a former mayor of the village of Belledune, are vying for the leadership.