Penashue returned over $46,500 in ineligible campaign donations

Former federal cabinet minister Peter Penashue’s campaign has returned a total of $46,560 in ineligible donations, Elections Canada records show.

By Jorge Barrera
APTN National News
OTTAWA–Former federal cabinet minister Peter Penashue’s campaign has returned a total of $46,560 in ineligible donations, Elections Canada records show.

Penashue’s campaign recently paid back the $18,710 it received in a non-monetary contribution from Provincial Airlines for travel associated with the last federal election campaign. Records show that the contribution was paid back on March 4.

The airline is partly owned by Innu Development Limited Partnership which also initially gave Penashue’s campaign a $25,000 interest free loan, which also contravened election laws.

Penashue resigned from his post as intergovernmental affairs minister and his Labrador seat on Thursday.

Penashue’s campaign has returned a total of $27, 850 in ineligible monetary donations from individuals, for over-contribution, and corporations. It’s against electoral laws to take money from corporations.

Penashue said in a statement Thursday he decided to resign after discovering his campaign received a number of ineligible contributions that went against election laws.

Penashue says he plans to run for re-election in a byelection.

The date for the byelection has not yet been set.

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