NDP challenges $1.2-million pamphlet punishment in court

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair. Chris Wattie/REUTERS

New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair. Chris Wattie/REUTERS

Giuseppe Valiante, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:19 PM ET

OTTAWA — The NDP wants the Federal Court to reject a House of Commons order for the party to pay over $1.2 million for abusing its free-postage privileges.

In June, the Conservative-dominated Board of Internal Economy ruled the NDP broke House bylaws when it mailed political pamphlets to hundreds of thousands of constituents in 23 ridings.

The board said the party owes $36,000 in fines to the House and $1.17 million to Canada Post.

It has yet to rule on allegations the party used House staff budgets to fund regional party offices.

Federal parties are afforded four rounds of free mailings to constituents a year, but the pamphlets aren't supposed to be overly partisan.

The board found the NDP pamphlets crossed the line and were an improper use of taxpayer dollars.


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