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NDP deputy leader Jagmeet Singh’s errors “not intentional”

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Ontario's integrity commissioner ruled that Jagmeet Singh's errors “were not the result of intentional behaviour on Mr. Singh’s part.”

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Ontario’s integrity commissioner ruled that Jagmeet Singh’s errors “were not the result of intentional behaviour on Mr. Singh’s part.”

By:  Queen’s Park Bureau, Published on Fri Jun 26 2015

Ontario’s integrity commissioner has rapped the knuckles of deputy NDP leader Jagmeet Singh for using his taxpayer-funded constituency office for partisan purposes.

It was a result of “poor oversight” that Singh, MPP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton, allowed his Brampton office to organize busloads of supporters for a Toronto rally held March 15 for federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, commissioner Lynn Morrison ruled in a 20-page decision Friday.

Singh, named by leader Andrea Horwath as her second-in-command earlier this year, also contravened parliamentary convention by using his jagmeetsingh.ca constituency website to solicit donations, added Morrison, who did not impose a penalty.

“The issues arose as a result of errors, poor oversight and lack of training,” said the ruling in a response to a complaint from Liberal MPP Yvon Baker.

“They were not the result of intentional behaviour on Mr. Singh’s part. Moreover, Mr. Singh did acknowledge these errors and took steps to address some of the issues proactively.”

Baker said Singh, a lawyer and experienced MPP, should have been on top of things and should “reimburse taxpayers and refund those illegitimate donations.”

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