Labrador byelection date will be announced within two weeks, source says

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Peter Penashue. — Transcontinental Media file photo

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A source close to former Conservative MP and cabinet minister Peter Penashue (pen-ASH’-away) says the prime minister will announce the byelection date for Labrador in the next two weeks.

The Canada Elections Act requires a campaign of at least 36 days, which would mean a byelection would happen by mid-May.

Penashue quit his post last week after his campaign accepted 28 separate illegal contributions but he has launched a bid for re-election.

Elections Canada documents show that almost $48,000 in improper donations have since been repaid to the federal Receiver General.

Penashue says he was unaware of the overspending and has blamed an “inexperienced volunteer” — his former official agent.

Tyler Sommers of Democracy Watch says Penashue is shirking responsibility and should not be allowed to run again until Elections Canada releases results of its investigation into his campaign spending.

Penashue’s re-election website is offering lawn signs and accepting donations, and a large ad in a Labrador newspaper is promoting his work as an MP.

Organizations: Elections Canada

Geographic location: Labrador, Canada

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  • Ruth Forneri
    April 04, 2013 - 01:58

    harper may want to rethink letting this guy run...should he win...which I doubt he will...BUT...the harper cons like to cheat! So if he wins and is later found GUILTY ...then we'll need another byelection with out this fraudster in it. Therefor...just by chance this thief wins...harper and his gang of thugs should be responsible for the costs of the next byelection...not the tax payers of Canada. harper is counting on this thief to win...harper is well aware of what can happen down the road..>WHY TAKE THE CHANCE? Well harper thinks...why not...the tax payers pay...it's time we stick the bill to harper should this happen.

  • David
    March 18, 2013 - 16:08

    seeing Peter Penashue makes me cringe.. likewise when i see Peter McKay and Stevie. R.I.P. Burton Winters.

    • david
      March 19, 2013 - 11:37

      Well, there's another david...! Anyhoo.....if Penashue gets more than 25 votes in this bi-election, it is official...we are complete fools, and deserving of nothing more than what we have always had.