Tory MP Del Mastro hounded on the Hill 0
Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro. (ANDRE FORGET /QMI AGENCY)
OTTAWA - Election spending questions are hounding a Tory MP on Parliament Hill.
The Liberals are calling on Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro to appear before a the ethics committee to explain news reports alleging that he signed a $21,000 personal cheque for election spending in 2008 in his Peterborough, Ont., riding.
The Opposition NDP are also hot on his heels.
"The prime minister seems to think that he will just damn the torpedoes and ride this one out," Ontario NDP MP Charlie Angus said in question period.
"Does he really think that Canadians would believe that he was not aware of these damning court documents? When was he aware?"
Candidates have a personal spending limit of $2,100 per election race.
Del Mastro insists he's done nothing wrong and no charges have been laid.
Elections Canada does not confirm or deny whenever it is investigating anyone, and the news reports rely on unnamed Elections Canada sources.
Tory MP Pierre Poilievre answered questions on Del Mastro's behalf on Monday.
"The honourable member in question filed all of his documents almost four years ago with Elections Canada," Poilievre told the House. "That agency confirmed those documents.
"They were audited and verified many years ago. The member has still not even heard anything from the agency to this day."
Poilievre then went on the attack against the NDP.
"By contrast, the NDP admits now to having accepted illegal donations from union bosses and admits that it had to give some of that money back," he said. "I am just asking that those members come clean now, stand up and tell us all how much illegal money did they take and how much did they give back?"
Liberal MP Scott Andrews sits on the ethics committee and will present his motion on Thursday to ask Del Mastro to testify, bringing his banking documents with him.
The motion is unlikely to pass since the Conservatives hold most of the seats on the committee.