Conservatives face questions about taxpayer-funded mailings

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Conservatives face questions about taxpayer-funded mailings

By Rosemary Barton, CBC News

Feb 16, 2015

The Conservative Party may have problems of its own when it comes to inappropriate taxpayer-funded mailings, according to documents obtained by CBC News.

In recent months the Tories have been highly critical of the NDP over its use of parliamentary mailings that were deemed too partisan.

The issue with the Conservative mailings is expected to be raised at a meeting of the secretive Board of Internal Economy committee Tuesday.

But a final report prepared for the committee by House of Commons administration shows there are at least 20 mailings by Conservative MPs that raise questions.

The report says 10 Conservative MPs mailed materials that directed people to a website other than their own parliamentary website with the use of a QR code, a type of barcode that can be scanned by devices such as smartphones. The report says the code directed readers to a Conservative Party website.






I would have thought NDP posters would be more interested in this topic.

This is giving the NDP a chance to get some of their own back against the Conservatives.

It was interesting to see John Duncan confronted in the House of Commons lobby by reporters yesterday and asked whether the Conservatives have been caught in a potentially hypocritical expenses situation.

So the NDPers who leaked these Conservative mailings to the press may have bought themselves a bit of time against the Cons on this issue.