NDP accuses government of ‘ugly, secretive, partisan’ in-camera trial ordering party to pay back $1.17-million

The final days of Commons sittings erupted Tuesday into heated exchanges between NDP and Conservative MPs, as the New Democrats accused the government of using an “ugly, secretive, partisan” trial behind closed doors to taint the NDP with a ruling that it violated House bylaws with political mailings that cost $1.17-million in ineligible House postage costs and free Canada Post franking privileges.

Conservative MP Joe Preston, chair of the House Affairs Committee, and NDP MPs David Christopherson and Peter Julian. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright

By Tim Naumetz

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, June 17, 2014 9:13 PM

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