Staffer mistakenly posted partisan info: Scott
Complaint lodged to integrity commissioner
The office of HaliburtonKawartha Lakes- Brock MPP Laurie Scott admitted yesterday that a staff member had mistakenly posted information about a partisan fundraiser on Scott's MPP website last April, which sparked a Liberal MPP complaint to the Integrity Commissioner earlier this week.
A spokesman for Scott, John Spink, told The Lindsay Post at press time Thursday that Scott has two websites: her publiclyfunded government one a personal one.
He said the staff member routinely posted Scott's calendar entries to her MPP site, things such as her attendance at Santa Claus parades and and Remembrance Day ceremonies but on Apr. 18 mistakenly posted information about Scott's annual spring fundraiser.
He said it should not have been there and when it was discovered was immediately taken down.
Spink said Scott personally phoned the Integrity Commissioner on Thursday morning. He said she requested the latest briefing material for internet use so she can go over it with staff.
"It was a mistake. It was an unfortunate thing that should never have happened."
He said to his knowledge there was no actual investigation at this time.
The Haliburton- Kawartha Lakes- Brock provincial Liberal riding association brought the matter forward and a complaint was subsequently filed by Liberal MPP Phil McNeely with the Integrity Commissioner.
MPP's are not allowed to use publicly funded websites to advertise partisan events.
Riding association president Paul Hough said: "It is my view that this is a clear break of guidelines. If government funds were used in partisan promotional material disciplinar y action should be taken."
Hough said he hopes the Integrity Commissioner thor- oughly investigates the complaint and comes to the same conclusion.
He said that four year ago, Scott showed similar disregard for taxpayers dollars when she wasted $ 586,229 to step down only two years after being elected by her constituents for then- PC leader John Tory in a by-election he would eventually lose.