You wouldn’t know it by the tiny story CP ran but House Speaker Andrew Scheer testifying that NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is not telling the truth about himself or his office ok’ing NDP satellite offices, is massive:
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s claim that the Speaker of the House of Commons approved the use of parliamentary resources to pay staff in satellite party offices is being contradicted by the Speaker himself.
Andrew Scheer says no one from the NDP checked with him personally or with anyone in his office.
Mulcair has said the NDP checked and doubled-checked with the Speaker before pooling New Democrat MPs’ Commons budgets to pay for staff in satellite offices in Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto.
That assertion has been repeated by other New Democrats, including deputy leader Megan Leslie.
Scheer’s denial came today as he was testifying at a committee about the financial administration of the Commons.
Mulcair was grilled by the same committee earlier this month about the satellite offices, which he maintained were within Commons rules — until those rules were retroactively changed by rival parties to stymie the NDP’s outreach efforts. (see here)
Think about it – the Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition along with multiple other NDP MPs have been called liars by the Speaker of the House.