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Concerns raised in legislature over Liberal ad in P.E.I. newspaper

This campaign ad for Liberal candidate Bob Doiron appeared in the Saturday, Nov. 18 edition of The Guardian.
This campaign ad for Liberal candidate Bob Doiron appeared in the Saturday, Nov. 18 edition of The Guardian.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The Opposition Progressive Conservatives have raised further concerns about the Liberal party of P.E.I. and its alleged knowledge of details of the capital budget before it was tabled in the legislature.

MLA Steven Myers raised a point of privilege Tuesday, saying the Liberal party breached privilege through an ad in Saturday’s edition of The Guardian.

The ad for District 11 byelection candidate Bob Doiron lists spending details from the capital budget, including a new Sherwood school. The budget was tabled Friday, but Myers says he believes the advertising agency that booked the ad would have been privy to details in the budget prior to this in order to build and submit this ad in time to make the Saturday advertising deadline.

“That means not only did the Liberal party have the confidential details of the budget but that (the) Liberal party’s advertising agency had those same details at least one whole day before this whole chamber,” Myers said.

“I feel this action has violated the privileges of all members of this legislative assembly.”

Speaker Buck Watts has taken the matter under advisement and will rule on it later.

Last week, Myers raised a similar concern over social media posts by the Liberal party of P.E.I. after it tweeted details of the capital budget, also before it was tabled in the house.

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