Mulcair 'evasive' when grilled about misusing taxpayers' money

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons....

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Hume, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:10 PM ET

OTTAWA - NDP Leader Tom Mulcair was accused Thursday of being "evasive" when he defended himself and his party against allegations of misusing taxpayer money and misleading the House of Commons about it.

At issue was the fact the NDP appears to have used parliamentary resources to fund political work - a clear breach of House rules - that was done at an office in Montreal and not Ottawa, as the party had indicated when asked by House administration back in 2011.

A lawyer by trade, Mulcair got creative before committee, visibly expending energy trying to keep his alter ego, "Angry Tom," at bay while extolling the "innovating" his party has accomplished through its Montreal and other satellite offices.

"We have to monitor the work of the government on the ground so we can hold them to account," said Mulcair, the first Opposition leader to testify before a House committee in recent memory.


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