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Opposition MPs claim Harper violated ‘spirit’ of Commons rules over using his Prime Minister's Hill office in Tory ad, later referred to in fundraising letter

But the PMO says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has broken no rules, that those House rules apply only when Parliament has been dissolved, and Parliament has not been dissolved.

 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The real show's inside: Centre Block, pictured last week. Andrew MacDougall, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's press secretary, says the PM has broken no rules by using his Prime Minister's Hill office in a recent party ad.

PARLIAMENT HILL—Opposition MPs claim Prime Minister Stephen Harper has violated the spirit if not the letter of a Commons rule banning the use of House resources for election-related purposes by using his Prime Minister’s office on Parliament Hill as the setting for a television ad the Conservative party itself has linked to a possible snap election.

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Opposition MPs claim Harper violated ‘spirit’ of Commons rules over using his Prime Minister's Hill office in Tory ad, later referred to in fundraising letter

But the PMO says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has broken no rules, that those House rules apply only when Parliament has been dissolved, and Parliament has not been dissolved.

 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The real show's inside: Centre Block, pictured last week. Andrew MacDougall, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's press secretary, says the PM has broken no rules by using his Prime Minister's Hill office in a recent party ad.

PARLIAMENT HILL—Opposition MPs claim Prime Minister Stephen Harper has violated the spirit if not the letter of a Commons rule banning the use of House resources for election-related purposes by using his Prime Minister’s office on Parliament Hill as the setting for a television ad the Conservative party itself has linked to a possible snap election.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

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A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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