Campaign spending dispute goes to committee; Tory MP could be suspended
Visitors come and go as the Parliament Buildings are silhouetted at dusk in Ottawa on June 13, 2012. (Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:51PM EDT
OTTAWA -- The House of Commons has instructed a standing committee to look into a dispute between Elections Canada and Manitoba Tory MP James Bezan that could result in his voting privileges being suspended.
The chief electoral officer wrote to Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer last spring asking that Bezan and fellow Conservative MP Shelly Glover be stripped of their privileges because of problems with their campaign expense reports.
Glover subsequently filed a new report and has resolved the issue, but Bezan -- who insists he's done nothing wrong -- is going to court.
Last June, Scheer ruled that both cases could go to the committee on procedure and House affairs, but that process was interrupted by the prorogation of Parliament.
After Toronto NDP MP Craig Scott resurrected the complaint against Bezan, the Commons agreed to turn the matter over to the committee.