OTTAWA – NDP MP Charlie Angus criticizes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for filming a video at the end of the year at his Hill House office, contrary to rules that prevent lawmakers from using parliamentary resources to raise money.
The video, posted on the Facebook page of Trudo on December 28, shows the prime minister in the Central Bloc office, accompanied by two Canadian flags. "You are in the heart of this positive policy movement – and you know what's at stake," he says, addressing his supporters. "So I urge you to join the tens of thousands of Canadians who have already donated this month by chipping before December 31ul rock so we can start 2019 ".
This post contains a link to the Liberal Party's website, which requires supporters to make donations.
The problem is that Members of Parliament are governed by strict rules to maintain their parliamentary work separately from fundraising and campaigning. According to members of the internal affairs board, which regulates the House of Commons, parliamentary facilities like Center Block can not be used for party activities, including "calling for contributions and requests for membership in a political party" or for "re-election related activities of the article. "
Angus said the shooting of advertising ads in Prime Minister's office is a "bush-league" by someone who needs to know better. "He knows the rules. This is not a backbacker's debut activity," he said. "This is the prime minister of the country." "He seems to believe that because he is Justin Trudeau, prime minister, the rules do not apply."
Angus said the rules are very clear, especially for something like a direct appeal to raise funds, and he was surprised by the decision. "The prime minister has huge resources to do so, and the Liberal Party has tremendous power and capacity to make finances," he said. "It is such a direct financial request. For me, it seems that they do not really care about the rules to be set up."
In an e-mail, Liberal Party spokesman Braden Caylee said the video was recorded at the Center's office "due to Mr. Trude's time constraints in his other important job as prime minister." He said the party "is in the process of making an appropriate compensation" which will be completed by the beginning of next week, but did not say what the compensation will be.
The party "is in the process of proper reimbursement"
He also confirmed that the video was filmed using Liberal Party equipment, "not with parliamentary resources, equipment or costs".
Kayli argued that the Liberals were not the first to use Hill's offices for party goals, pointing to a pre-election advertisement in 2015, in which former Prime Minister Stephen Harper is working on his desk. However, a spokeswoman for the Conservative Party, Cory, Han, confirmed that the ad was filmed in the official residence of Prime Minister Sussex Disc, which is not subject to the same rules.
Angus said he plans to send a letter to the board of the internal economy, demanding an overview of the video of the fundraising. The Liberals have a majority in the board, which consists of seven lawmakers from all three major parties, but Angus said that even a "finger strike" could be worthwhile.
"They have an obligation to ensure that all lawmakers follow the rules."