NDP expect order to repay millions to Commons for satellite office staffers

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OTTAWA - New Democrat MPs will likely find themselves on the hook today for millions more in allegedly improperly used parliamentary resources.

The multi-party board of internal economy, which oversees House of Commons spending, is expected to order the NDP MPs to repay the Commons for salaries paid to aides who worked out of satellite party offices in Quebec.

That's on top of the $1.17 million in free mailing privileges the board ruled in June was improperly used by NDP MPs to send almost 2 million mass partisan mailings to households in 26 ridings.

New Democrats have launched a court challenge to have the board's ruling on the mailings dismissed and is expected to do the same if the board rules against them on the satellite office issue.

NDP whip Nycole Turmel says her colleagues have done nothing wrong.

She blames Conservatives and Liberals on the board of internal economy for indulging in a partisan witch hunt against the NDP.

Organizations: NDP MPs, Democrat MPs, House of Commons Conservatives

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Quebec

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  • voter
    August 12, 2014 - 18:09

    If this is all the NDP has done to spend our tax $$ then they have a long ways to go to catch up with the ConservativeReformAllianceParty. i say put all the cards on the table and open it up to public view, lets see what the public thinks of this.