Sullivan took words verbatim from provincial NDP

MP Mike Sullivan’s recent ‘householder’ and ‘ten percenter’ took words directly from the provincial NDP’s platform. The ‘ten percenter’ has recently made national news because Judy Sgro, a Liberal MP, alleges that Sullivan used taxpayer money to fund the advertising campaign of his provincial NDP counterpart Paul Ferreira. Doing so would break House rules about spending.

‘Householders’ and  ‘ten percenters’ are mailings sent at government expense. Regulations say that the money cannot be spent on “provincial, municipal or local election campaign material”.

Sgro took issue with a photo of Sullivan and Ferreira together and the Sullivan’s apparent support of the provincial NDP’s platform.  Sullivan told the Globe that Ferreira is “a constituent who happened to be in a group photo. As for the platform references [in the mailing] – he said he was only talking about promises his own federal party had made in the past.”

A close look at the newsletter shows that this is not quite the case. Ferreira is not in a group shot; the picture is only of the two of them. Nor is Ferreira identified as a constituent; he is identified as “former MPP Paul Ferreira”.

Further, the words on both the ten-percenter and the community update are taken almost verbatim from the provincial NDP’s platform.  The first paragraph of both, for instance, reads:

The Harmonized Sales Tax has hit struggling families at the worst possible time. Instead of making life more affordable for people struggling with the recession, it made life more expensive. It shifted more of the tax burden off large corporations like banks and insurance companies and onto household budgets-$6 billion worth in Ontario. That’s not fair. 

Only the last line, struck through here, does not appear in the NDP platform document.

Much of the rest of the front page of the letter sent to residents is also taken verbatim from the provincial NDP’s platform statement.

Sgro has referred the issue to the Speaker of the House. I’m not an expert on this (or any other) kind of thing, but I believe that if the Speaker finds that the language is similar enough to count as advertising for the provincial NDP, he can penalize our MP by deducting money from Sullivan’s budget.

In correspondence with me, Ferreira said,

The NDP — both provincially and federally — has been consistent in our position on the HST: we would take it off daily essentials, like home heating and hydro. That was in the Federal NDP platform. Mike articulated this position in the newsletter. Mike is doing his job, informing his constituents of where he stands on an issue of immense importance.

Thanks to PW and N for the mailings.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

6 thoughts on “Sullivan took words verbatim from provincial NDP”

  1. Wow, all I see is Westonweb attacking Mike and Paul, when there really isn’t a story here. I see a picture and I see some verbage that does not reference the provincial ndp.

    Why don’t you focus on Laura’s lies in her mailings that state she is responsibile for the electrification of the ARL, getting an ARL Station, funding for West Park. She had nothing to do with any of those items and remember the ARL will not be electrified.

  2. Don’t try to change the subject. The simple reality is that Mike Sullivan has been caught using his orivilege as an MP in a partisan effort to interfere with the provincial election in York South Weston. On top of it, Ferreira’s campaign manager works for Sullivan in Ottawa. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    P.S. – Mike – Two does not make a group.

  3. for the liberals to make this an issue, they’re really grasping at straws. is this the best dirt they can find on mike sullivan? as someone who spent alot of his own personal time fighting for the community without pay, i would be very surprised if voters use this situation as a reason not to vote for mike.

    and pattycake, since we’re all in the spirit of being prim and proper, the very dictionary definition of a group is “two or more figures forming a complete unit in a composition”.

  4. I stand corrected – I am just delighted someone still uses the dictionary. But hey, it does not take away from the fact the Mike Sullivan tried to say that Ferreira just happened to be a “group shot”. It is clearly a photo of Ferreria and his buddy Sullivan and Ferreria is named as “former MP”. Seriously – it is disingenous, as stated by Adam Norman. Misdirection won’t work on this one.

  5. I just got the newsletter (two actually) in question today in the mail. The first one is very large, orange and in my opinion, is a campaign pamphlet for Ferreira. Second one is black&white with NDP logo mostly news about AirLink expansion stuff.

    I don’t know if Sullivan used MP finances or not to produce this, and I don’t remember Albanese’s newsletters when she MPP so can’t compare. All I know that as MP Sullivan should use this opportunity to produce newsletters to the community to inform us about what’s happening in Ottawa, such as the Fed spring govt budget, Canada’s situation in Libya, or what happen with Canada Post strike/labour situation, since he’s in opposition, it’s going to be critical commentary.

    So I suggest Sullivan stop campaigning and gives us real news on what’s happening in Ottawa. Also I think Sullivan should lay off about the ARL/Metrolinx expansion. Either though Feds under the Liberals started i it was their idea like 10yrs ago, it’s now provincial responsibility under Metrolinx. If Sullivan was so concern about it he should have run for MPP not MP.

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