Staffer mis­tak­enly posted par­ti­san info: Scott

Com­plaint lodged to in­tegrity com­mis­sioner

The Lindsay Post - - PAGE TWO -

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.

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