Speaker on Elections Canada eligibility documents: Look online


OTTAWA — House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer is refusing to table two letters he received from Elections Canada about the eligibility of two Conservative MPs to sit in the House and told one Liberal MP to look on the Internet if he wanted to see the documents.

Scheer received the letters from Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand on May 23 and 24, which advised that Manitoba Conservatives Shelly Glover and James Bezan could no longer sit or vote in the House of Commons because they failed to file proper campaign returns for the 2011 election.

But Scheer never told other MPs about the letters and their existence became public only this week, when the Ottawa Citizen and Postmedia News reported that Glover and Bezan had gone to court in Manitoba to challenge Mayrand’s position.

They have challenged Elections Canada’s interpretation of how much signage and staff expenses should be…

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