August 12, 2014 6:45 pm

NDP told to repay controversial aide salaries

WATCH: The federal NPD have been accused of misusing parliamentary resources and have been ordered to repay more than a million dollars. As Vassy Kapelos reports, the NDP are calling it a witch hunt.

OTTAWA – The committee that oversees House of Commons spending says the Opposition New Democrats owe a “significant” sum for salaries improperly paid to aides who worked out of satellite party offices in Quebec.

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That sum will be on top of the $1.17 million in free mailing privileges the board ruled in June was wrongly used by NDP MPs to send almost 2 million mass partisan mailings to households in 26 ridings.

John Duncan, a Conservative MP and spokesman for the committee, says the latest dollar figure has yet to be determined, but he expects it to be a “significant number.”

READ MORE: NDP to be asked to pay back public purse for millions of pieces of mail

Duncan says the rules are clear, and it’s also clear the NDP has broken those rules by using parliamentary resources to pay for offices that were not properly authorized.

He says Commons administrators are being asked to prepare various options to ensure the recovery of the funds.

WATCH: John Duncan, a Conservative MP and spokesman for the committee announces the NDP will be forced to pay back the money

More coming.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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