Liberals request investigation into Labrador MP's campaign spending

Colin MacLean
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Peter Penashue - Telegram file photo.

Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae has officially requested that Elections Canada investigate the campaign spending of current Labrador MP Peter Penashue during the 41st general election.  

In a letter, released to the media early Sunday afternoon, Rae states recent reports made by the media, if true, could have compromised the results in a closely contested race.

"While I have no doubt that Elections Canada continues to review Mr. Penashue's campaign return, it seems clear to me that there is enough public evidence to warrant the commencement of a formal investigation by you as Commissioner," wrote Rae.

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  • four more years
    October 29, 2012 - 19:25

    Tim Jamison- October 29, 2012 at 17:02:04... yea, We need a rep who is on civilized terms with Harper because, whether you like Harper or not, he is calling the shots.1. selling us out to China?.2. out fishery is now controlled by European countries?.3. R.I.P. Berton Winters 4.SAR closed down 5. work until your 67 ? 6. feed the homeless tainted meat ? 7. neglect the environment ? 8. pollute anything that gets in the way of big business?. bigger pipelines.? 10. build bigger prisons. ? 11. put younger people in prison ?12. buy figher jets that have yet to fly ?. 13. get involved in more wars. ?14. progue parliament when your asked unwanted questions? 15. cheat in elections? calls? 17. break fixed election date to suit yourself?. 18.Gabazzos anyone? tony? 19.1 Billion +$$ for G8/20 ? 20. trample on civil rights? G8/G20. 21. In and Out, guilty ? yip we may as well leave Pete in his position , he does fit right in with "the civilized" people... NOT..

    • Tim Jamison
      October 31, 2012 - 15:03

      I don't consider a list of the faux-scandals this country's liberals have been touting as even being worthy of consideration and I also do not consider a new liberal or dipper, who would be as useless to us as Cleary or Jack, as being worthy of consideration

    • Tim Jamison
      October 31, 2012 - 15:06

      I'm also wondering if you understand what the term "civilized terms" means. It appears you either don't or you're purposefully twisting words. Like every other liberal

  • Tim Jamison
    October 29, 2012 - 15:32

    We Newfoundlanders have a proud history as a reverse bellweather since the '60s. We've always given the federal government-winning party the one-fingered salute on election day. Guess what they do back to us after the election? Getting rid of Penashue will go over about as well as getting rid of Toronto's Mayor Ford: it'll never happen. He isn't going anywhere and does anyone here really think that adding another We Love Khadr Jack (who makes me ashamed that I live here in St. John's) or another Save the Long Gun Registry Simms (both ineffectual, empty suits) will help us in any way? We need a rep who is on civilized terms with Harper because, whether you like Harper or not, he is calling the shots

  • John
    October 29, 2012 - 09:01

    Anybody would be better than Mr. Penashue. The only time he is allowed to talk by Stevie Harper, all he does is repeat the party line never directly answering the question. "I do a lot of work behind the scenes." etc. etc. If I never knew better, I'd say that he must be in hospital or have a serious illness. Time to get rid of him and give the NL minister to a George Baker type of person to fight for us.

  • lie...lie...lie.. then deflect
    October 29, 2012 - 07:30

    ontario taxpayer.. I wanna know why Harper progued the house of commons. HYPOCRITES .. you guys are pathetic.. but. but. the liberals did it.. can't you come up with a better line.

    • Tim Jamison
      October 29, 2012 - 15:22

      Didn't McGuinty just prorouge indefinitely? Unlike Harper's temporary prorogation? You know what they say about glass houses...

  • Jerome
    October 28, 2012 - 19:59

    If Penashue cheated and lied even before he got elected, how can he be trusted at all? Just another politician without a conscience thinking he can live richly off the taxpayers who pay his salary. Get the investigation going. Give him a lie detector test to start with.

  • O'Sullivan
    October 28, 2012 - 18:20

    I see the Cons have their shills out to post on behalf of the corrupt Con that stole an election in the Big land. If Harper can't legitamately win the Cons will just break election laws and plead ignorance even though it was led by a very experienced organizer. Thanks to the brother in law at the INNU airlines they all thought this would never see the light of day. NFLD'ers and Lab. for the most part never fell for your lies now maybe the rest of the province will become aware of the truth.

  • Political Watcher
    October 28, 2012 - 17:59

    Investigate, charge and convict then evict. Kicking Peter out of office will be one of the best things to happen to Newfoundland & Labrador in recent history. He stole the election, but then again, he is not alone when you look at some other ridings where Cons won. Harper is adopting the US style of politicing and is using the Republican Party as his model.

  • ontario taxpayer
    October 28, 2012 - 17:45

    lie lie lie, then deflect, ask chretian why he porogued parliment ?. we all know why the the liberals in ontario did it, to coverup the scandals.

  • lie...lie...lie.. then deflect
    October 28, 2012 - 15:04

    Ontario taxpayed maybe you can ask Harper why he progued the house of commons. HYPOCRITES !

  • speak up or put up
    October 28, 2012 - 15:00

    Bring it on. Lets get this Ball Rolling. come on Newfoundland, lets get behind this , lets start the wave rolling from East to West. If Penashue is innocent then he has no worries. if Penashue is not innocent then we have questions that need answered

  • GT
    October 28, 2012 - 12:52

    So overspend when you don't have the money. Then get elected to make a salary where you can afford to pay what you owe. I wonder what Peter would have done if he didn't get elected. Time for him to go.

  • manitoban
    October 28, 2012 - 12:20

    can;t except defeat a liberals. no wonder we the people send you into third party status in the house of commons. you have no plan for the country, but whine whine whine. mr. harper and his government is doing a great job and you the liberals are jealous and find that hard to swallow.

  • ontario taxpayer
    October 28, 2012 - 12:12

    have the liberals got anything else to whine about? have they not learned from the beating they took the last election? maybe bobby can ask his buddy, the ontario premier why he progued the legislature. HYPOCRITES !