The provincial election campaign has just taken a very nasty turn in York South-Weston. If the allegations being bandied about are correct, our federal MP, Mike Sullivan, is spending taxpayer money to elect his provincial NDP counterpart and friend, Paul Ferreira.
Judy Sgro, a Liberal MP, says that she got a “Ten Percenter” in the mail last week from Mike Sullivan, our MP. “Ten Percenters” are mailings to constituents that MPs send out now and then. They are paid for by the taxpayer, not the MP.
Sgro says the letter she got was a partisan ad for the NDP’s Paul Ferreira—and federal MPs are prohibited from spending taxpayer money to meddle in provincial elections. She says the mailer contained “the NDP logo and a large photograph of the local NDP candidate [Paul Ferreira and]…. partisan phrases and campaign promises taken directly from the Provincial NDP platform document.” Laura Albanese calls this a “shocking misuse of federal taxpayers money”[sic] on her election site.
Sgro says that Sullivan is trying to sidestep provincial election financing rules and give the NDP more advertising, “courtesy of the taxpayers of Canada”.
Speaking to the Globe and Mail,
Mr. Sullivan said she’s got it all wrong – there’s a photo of York South-Weston NDP candidates Paul Ferreira in the flyer, but it’s only because he’s a constituent who happened to be in a group photo.
This is disingenuous. Sullivan is close with Ferreira. Mike Sullivan came by my house, in fact, campaigning for him, and Ferreira worked on Mike Sullivan’s campaign last year in turn. They shared a campaign office, too. Whatever role Ferreira was serving at the time of the photo, he certainly didn’t ‘happen’ to be in the photo.
Sullivan also said, “I certainly didn’t wade into any provincial matters. I really can’t think of what she’s talking about.”
Your humble correspondent doesn’t have a copy of the flyer Sullivan sent out. If one of you does, would you send a photo of it in?