Jack MacLaren, who is seeking the party nomination in the Ottawa-area riding held by longtime Tory Norm Sterling, sent out a campaign email Feb. 10 that contained links that were routed through Hillier's constituency website, the letter said.
Here's Randy Hillier's explanation for these possibly illegal emails:
Hillier's spokesman later said it was a technical mistake by Hillier's web provider, William Ross Solutions, which accidentally routed the links in MacLaren's email through Hillier's account.
The company later apologized in a Feb. 11 email to Hillier, saying it's taken steps to correct the mistake and "prevent it from ever happening again."
This sounds a little dubious to me. How could William Ross Solutions possibly be responsible for where the links in Jack MacLaren's emails go, especially since MacLaren's official email account is through these guys (NorthWind Wireless)? Presumably, any "routing" of links would be done at the author's end, by the author, no? And, as a corollary, if the links went through Hillier's website, this would be via Randy's say-so, or not. Perhaps some kind of deal was struck between Hillier and MacLaren. Perhaps MacLaren was acting on his own. In either case, its difficult to see how Hiller's website designer should get stuck with the blame.
It may be a coincidence, but this is what the google-cache of the William Ross Solutions "portfolio websites page" looked like on February 9th:
Since then, that page has been replaced by this one. Suddenly...no Randy Hillier!
Update here, though the conclusion doesn't change much.