Russ Campbell‚Äôs Blog: Mulcair on the Hot-Seat, NDP Not So Sanctimonious Now
All in¬≠di¬≠ca¬≠tions are, at least as re¬≠ported widely in the news me¬≠dia, that the fed¬≠eral New De¬≠moc¬≠rats have en¬≠gaged in a scheme to use tax¬≠payer money to help fund their party op¬≠er¬≠a¬≠tions in Que¬≠bec and Saskatchewan.
The nor¬≠mally so sanc¬≠ti¬≠mo¬≠nious Dip¬≠pers have al¬≠legedly set up a satel¬≠lite of¬≠fice in Mon¬≠treal that vi¬≠o¬≠lates par¬≠lia¬≠men¬≠tary spend¬≠ing rules. The of¬≠fice housed both party work¬≠ers and gov¬≠ern¬≠ment-paid work¬≠ers who are sup¬≠posed to work ex¬≠clu¬≠sively on non-par¬≠ti¬≠san con¬≠stituency work. The Mon¬≠treal of¬≠fice was also, al¬≠legedly, signed as an NDP of¬≠fice with its party logo.
NDP leader Thomas Mul¬≠cair, ap¬≠par¬≠ently, got all huffy when pressed by re¬≠porters. He in¬≠sisted his party had done noth¬≠ing wrong, and that du¬≠ties were sep¬≠a¬≠rated to en¬≠sure par¬≠lia¬≠men¬≠tary staff only does par¬≠lia¬≠men¬≠tary work and po¬≠lit¬≠i¬≠cal staff does only po¬≠lit¬≠i¬≠cal work.