Today I heard the shocking news that several of Michael Ignatieff’s Liberal party caucus members are allegedly using their online offices that offer constituent services to further their private and/or partisan interests. According to Canada.com, Conservative MP Greg Rickford has filed a complaint with the House of Commons ethics commissioner against 18 Liberal MPs for fundraising through their websites.
“The website of Liberal MP Bob Rae, for example, contains a ‘donate’ link with a photo of three $20 bills. Clicking the link leads to instructions for how to donate to either the Liberal party or Rae’s Toronto Centre riding association.”
Can you believe this? The same Grit MPs who are complaining about partisan political antics of the Tories, are themselves allegedly knee deep in a scam. Here’s more from Canada.com:
“[MP] Rickford argues that such practices violate the House of Commons code of conduct for MPs, which states that ‘when performing parliamentary duties and functions, a member shall not act in any way to further his or her private interests’.”
A spokesman for Michael Ignatieff said 14 of the 18 websites in question are paid for by the MP’s riding association or the party. However, the other four MPs have removed the fundraising links. There you have it: four Liberals were, in fact, using a publicly funded Web sites to solicit donations. Shameful!
So, apparently, Bob Rae was telling a lie when he said in an interview:
“This simply strengthens our argument. We use political money to pay for a political website, and they’re using public money to pay for partisan activity. The two things are totally different.”
Apparently, until caught, four Liberal MPs were using public money to solicit donations.
Liberals really do not have any shame do they?