The Ten Percenter Solution: Don’t have party officials comment on ostensibly parliamentary matters

Otherwise, it looks – well, like you’re tacitly admitting to pretty much exactly the kind of partisan anticking that you’re attempting to deny:

The pamphlets have opposition MPs accusing the Tories of electioneering with public funds.

Each MP is allowed to send free mail to a number of households outside their riding that is equal to 10 per cent of their own riding.

Some of the drug pamphlets sent to Toronto homes came under the stamp of Alberta MP John Williams; others sent to Vancouver were marked from MPs from other parts of the country.

Vancouver Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh said the pamphlets are too partisan to be acceptable under the 10-per-cent mailing rule, which is supposed to cover an MP’s parliamentary duties.

“This message goes beyond what ought to be an acceptable 10 per center,” he said. “What’s questionable is the ethics of a government that would allow vulnerable people to die without getting help.”

A Conservative Party spokesman, Ryan Sparrow, rejected the suggestion that the pamphlet was too partisan.

“You’re debating a policy and you’re asking which political party or which political leader is on the right track,” he said.

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