If there is one thing I despise in a politician it is hypocrisy.
The do as I say, not as I do crap burns my arse.
A few years go the federal NDP were all indignant about the Conservatives using House of Commons resources to design, print and pay for the distribution of flyers in Constituencies across Canada that they did not hold.
The Liberals chimed in leading to an investigation by the The Board of Internal Economy banning federal politicians from distributing flyers to Canadians living outside of their own constituency. Since that ruling,the amount spent on flyer distribution between 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 dropped by about 95 per cent.
The NDP, now the official opposition have been found to in the wrong when it comes to using parliamentary resources to send bulk mail into constituencies facing byelections and to pay staff in satellite party offices.
Originally the dippers caught dipping into parliamentary resources claimed they had permission from the speaker. Turns out that was not the case. The NDP had "misspoke"
It is obvious that the NDP tried to pull a fast one. They will pay for this miscalculation in political capital, not to mention the millions they are on the hook to Parliament for.
In typical NDP holier than thou fashion, they have tried to deflect the issue by placing blame elsewhere and accusing the Liberals and Conservatives of a Parisian gang-up. The latest rationale from the NDP is that the other parties are trying to smear the dippers to rob them of support in the Ontario election.
The NDP have shown that they would not hesitate to sneak cookies out of the cookie jar. They have been caught red handed and can cry foul until they are blue in the face. I can only imagine the graft they would dole out if they had access to the public treasury.
So much for offering something new to Canadians.