HOBACK TO ASK THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TO INVESTIGATE WHETHER THE FEDERAL NDP IS IMPROPERLY USING TAXPAYER FUNDS IN SASKATOON

March 21, 2014

OTTAWA, March 21, 2014 – Randy Hoback Member of Parliament for Prince Albert and Saskatchewan Conservative Caucus Chair today announced he would write to House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer as head of the House of Commons Board of Internal Economy to investigate if the federal NDP had violated House of Commons rules by improperly using taxpayer funds in Saskatoon.

As reported yesterday, the federal NDP announced it is opening a branch of leader Thomas Mulcair’s office in Saskatoon in order to assist NDP MPs with constituent outreach and organization. Yet the federal NDP hasn’t elected a Member of Parliament in Saskatchewan since 2000.

House of Commons rules clearly state that that employees of Members of Parliament and Party Leaders` offices (whose salaries are paid by the taxpayer) can only undertake parliamentary duties.  Such duties do not include political party functions or activities.

“Considering the federal NDP hasn’t elected a sitting MP in our province in 14 years, I find it very hard to believe that this satellite office would be used to assist other NDP MPs from outside our province,” said MP Hoback.  “Sadly, I believe this is about the NDP trying to increase its electoral chances in one of Saskatoon`s new federal ridings.“

“It must be quite frustrating for the federal NDP to realize that Saskatchewanians have rejected the Party`s philosophy and policies,” added Hoback.  “However, the rules  are very clear – you cannot use House of Commons funds to pay for political party functions or activities.  MPs staff are paid with public money to provide assistance to all Canadians in a non-partisan manner.”

It was also discovered earlier this week that a dozen staff in a similar NDP branch office in Montreal, and two other staff in Quebec City, are also paid by the House of Commons.

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