Mar 14, 2013
By Michael Kramer
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue says he wants to clear the air over allegations of election funding irregularities.
The Conservative M-P for Labrador is resigning his seat and leaving his cabinet post.
Penashue says an inexperienced volunteer in his organization was responsible for accepting illegal campaign donations during the 2011 election.
Here’s a statement released today:
” Due to mistakes that were made by an inexperienced volunteer in filing the Elections Canada return from the last campaign, I appointed a new Official Agent to work with Elections Canada to make any needed amendments to my campaign return.”
He adds that during the examination he became aware that there were ineligible donations accepted by the former Official Agent.
Penashue says he intends to run in a byelection.