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OTTAWA–The federal elections watchdog has asked the Speaker of the House of Commons to suspend two Conservative MPs for failing to correct their campaign election returns from the 2011 vote.
Both MPs, James Bezan and Shelly Glover, hail from Manitoba. Glover, who is Metis, represents the Saint Boniface riding, and Bezan represents the Selkirk Interlake riding.
Bezan and Glover have both appealed to the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench challenging Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand’s decision to request their suspension. According to their court filing, the MPs claim that Mayrand is misinterpreting election laws, according to their applications filed in court.
Bezan said in a statement that the issue was simply “an accounting dispute” with Elections Canada.
Elections Canada spokesman John Enright said that under election laws, “an elected candidate who fails to make a correction requested by the chief electoral shall not continue to sit or vote as a member until the correction is made.”
Mayrand wrote House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer on May 24 and May 23 requesting the suspensions.
Scheer’s office said in an email that the Speaker would wait until the courts decide on the issue before “taking any action.”
Enright said the elections watchdog would be opposing Bezan and Glover’s application before the Manitoba court.
“Elections Canada will be opposing those motions,” said Enright.