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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
Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

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On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.

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