Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Liberals Want Elections Canada to Investigate NDP Flyers Use in Byelection

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Liberals Want Elections Canada to Investigate NDP Flyers Use in Byelection

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Liberals want NDP investigated over flyers

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OTTAWA - The federal Liberals want Elections Canada to investigate the NDP for allegedly using the free postal privileges of its MPs to bombard voters in Montreal-area Bourassa riding during a byelection last fall.

Liberal Emmanuel Dubourg, a former member of the Quebec legislature, defeated NDP candidate Stephane Moraille, a lawyer and former singer with the band Bran Van 3000, in the Liberal stronghold.

The NDP denies any wrongdoing in the riding formerly represented by current Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.

Liberal MP Marc Garneau wrote to the commissioner of Canada elections, citing media reports of MPs from the NDP caucus using their mail privileges to send flyers promoting the NDP to households in the riding.

He argued that if the flyers were delivered after the byelection was called, the value of the mailings would constitute illegal donations to the NDP candidate.

Garneau calculated the market value of such a first-class mailing to 400,000 households at about $20,000, or 20 per cent above the allowable spending limit for a candidate in the byelection. …

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