WATCH: Dozens of New Democrat MPs are facing a hefty bill, after being ordered to pay back $2.75 million given to staffers working in satellite offices. Jacques Bourbeau reports.
TORONTO – Sixty-eight NDP MPs are being asked to repay $2.75 million they spent on staff at the party’s satellite offices as part of an employment sharing program.
In a statement issued Tuesday night, House Speaker and Chair of the Board of Internal Economy Andrew Scheer said the multi-party board agreed to invoice the MPs for the “inappropriate use of parliamentary resources” related to staff who were stationed in party offices in downtown Montreal and Quebec City.
Scheer said those who participated in the shared employment arrangement “will be directed to reimburse, as a personal expense, all salary costs incurred from May 2, 2011 to December 31, 2014.”
NDP MP Nycole Turmel, a spokesperson for the BOIE, released a separate statement Tuesday evening denouncing the decision.
“None of the MPs [have] been heard by the Board of Internal Economy,” Turmel said. “Nor have any of the employees responsible for this parliamentary work been heard. It is also important to note that multiple errors have been identified in the amounts cited.”
Turmel added the decision was intended to “create leverage against the MPs cited by the Board of Internal Economy – whether they be New Democrats, Forces et Démocratie, Bloc Québécois or independent.”
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