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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.

  

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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