Dippers respond to Leef

Dippers respond to Leef Conservative MP Ryan Leef would like to have Yukoners think that the NDP was embroiled in some kind of scandal when it used addressed mail to connect with Canadians as part of an outreach program. The truth is that before launchi

Conservative MP Ryan Leef would like to have Yukoners think that the NDP was embroiled in some kind of scandal when it used addressed mail to connect with Canadians as part of an outreach program.

The truth is that before launching the mailing program, Official Opposition staffers verified the mailings with House of Commons administration. The party observed due diligence to confirm that the mailing program followed all applicable rules and Elections Canada has since confirmed that the actions of the NDP respected the law.

Despite all of this, Conservative and Liberal members of the House of Commons Board of Internal Economy decided not to let the facts get in the way of an opportunity to take a political swipe at the NDP.

In a closed door process, without due process or an opportunity to review the “evidence,” the old line parties got together in an attempt to smear the only major party that actually intends to implement a new and transparent politics when we form government in Ottawa. It’s a perfect example of when partisan politics prevails over common sense.

If Mr. Leef is truly concerned about scandal in Ottawa, we encourage him to spend his remaining days in office trying to hold his own Conservative Party of Canada to account for its lingering scandals.

In case he has forgotten, these include the Mike Duffy/Nigel Wright affair, the Senate expense scandal, the robocall scandal, the F35 fighter jet scandal, or the scandalous millions his party has spent on advertisements for the non-existent Canada Job Grant and their failed Economic Action Plan.

Yukoners deserve better.

Dan Bader

President,

NDP Electoral District

Association for Yukon

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