Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will be in Whitehorse next week for a series of events, including a public talk with former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page.
The duo will be at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre March 11 at 7 p.m. for a talk titled, “The State of Public Finance and Democracy in Canada.”
The events are being hosted by the Yukon chapter of the NDP, but there was some confusion over who exactly was paying for it.
The flyers advertising the event had originally carried the logo of the Yukon NDP Official Opposition, meaning it was sanctioned and paid for by the legislature, not the party.
Normally, the cost of hosting political events must be paid for by the political parties themselves, rather than with public dollars.
Opposition chief of staff Francois Picard said he had applied to the legislature before publicizing the flyers, and when he didn’t hear back, he thought the request had been approved.
After the flyers were printed, however, the legislature told him that the evening was considered a political event and the legislature wouldn’t cover any costs.
The flyers have since been amended, with the words “Official Opposition” whited-out to read only “Yukon NDP.” Picard said the party itself is covering all the costs of the events.