NDP broke the rules in mass mail-out, Speaker rules

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair asks a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 2, 2014.

The Speaker of the House of Commons is confirming that the NDP broke the rules on using parliamentary resources with a series of mailings.

Andrew Scheer says the Board of Internal Economy, the closed-door committee of MPs that oversees Commons spending, found the mailings were political.

Scheer is chairman of the committee and he says officials have been asked to suggest appropriate remedies for the infraction.

He also says the NDP has been asked to provide all proofs of the mailings by the end of next week.

The board has been looking at up to 1.8 million pieces of mail sent into dozens of ridings using Commons envelopes and the free postage services available to MPs.

The NDP has accused the board of acting as a kangaroo court and says its mailings were cleared by Scheer and the House of Commons administration.

... More to come online and in the print and e-editions of The Guardian.


Organizations: NDP, House of Commons, Board of Internal Economy

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  • don
    June 03, 2014 - 12:48

    lol after all the crap this want to be leader has talked about the dirty work of the pc's now they are in hot water and i wonder what else have they done? and the liberals are just as bad.

    • Observer from the East
      June 03, 2014 - 14:40

      He may be bad, but how can you suggest, if you have spent any time on PEI over the past 8 years, that the federal Conservatives are the best option of the federal parties? They have done everything in their power to gut PEI and Atlantic Canada. I'd take Mulcair or Trudeau over your Dear Leader Stephen any day

    • don
      June 03, 2014 - 15:25

      Observer from the East. i was born here and my family has been here for many many generations. lets see Mulcair have not figured out who he is working for yet but not the tax payers. and Trudeau he wants and will make ALL illegal drugs legal. look out drivers not only drunk but high on coke.pcp etc. thats what you want to run this country then if you have any kids i feel sorry for them.

    • Mike C
      June 03, 2014 - 21:43

      Please, don't go on as though harper is our only choice. This complete failure has/ is showing his true colours. Which is totally anti-democratic, has been in re-election mode since the last Federal election and has proven time and time again, he hates everything Canadian. Oh, just so you are aware he is not Progressive Conservative. He just uses the conservative name to fool the easily fooled. He represents the former reform party. There is no longer a Federal PC party. Even my staunches PC friends get that. And not one of them support harper.

    • donnie boy
      June 04, 2014 - 07:04

      yes don, you were born here and you haven't stopped whining and crying since that day. Your ignorance of politics and you hysterical rants about Trudeau would be humorous if they weren't so pathetic.