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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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Thursday, December 18, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE