Not only has Olivia Chow been caught abusing her MP resources in order to help campaign for mayor of Toronto:
When Olivia Chow becomes an official mayoral candidate, very soon, her campaign will have to pay for its own promotional mail. That money will count against her campaign spending limit.
But, you see, Chow is not yet an official mayoral candidate. As a Member of Parliament, she is entitled to send out four taxpayer-funded “householder” flyers per year to all of her Trinity-Spadina constituents.
She sent one out very recently. David Soknacki’s campaign manager Brian Kelcey posted it on Twitter. John Tory’s camp pounced.
“We have serious concerns about Ms Chow’s use of taxpayer dollars,” said Tory spokeswoman Amanda Galbraith. “We’re hearing from people outside of her riding that are receiving these flyers. Ms Chow says she understands the value of a dollar and yet she’s using taxpayer money to promote herself ahead of her anticipated entry into the race next week. What kind of an example is this setting for council and employees of the city, when it comes to expense accounts and their use?” (see here)
She has also been missing from important committee work of which she is being well-paid to attend:
But her opponents may have questions about why she didn’t bother to show up much for her final Parliamentary assignment on the Commons’ transport committee. This was the committee that spends four hours or more a week while the House is sitting studying topics near and dear to Chow’s heart such as a National Public Transit Strategy, fighting to restore home delivery of Canada Post, and figuring out to improve rail safety in the wake of the Lac Megantic disaster. (see here)
This committee is chaired by Conservative MP Larry Miller.
I get how a Champagne Socialist like Chow thinks it’s just fine to abuse the public purse but what I don’t understand is how Conservative MPs will cover-up for them.