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OTTAWA–Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue says he is resigning his cabinet post and Labrador seat over “ineligible donations” received by his election campaign.
In a statement issued Thursday, Penashue said he plans to run in the ensuing byelection.
“Due to mistakes that were made by an inexperienced volunteer in filing the Elections Canada return from the last campaign, I appointed a new official agent to work with Elections Canada to make any needed amendments to my campaign return,” said Penashue, in the statement. “During the examination we became aware the there were ineligible donations accepted by the former official agent.”
The former Innu leader said that he was unaware of the problems with the donations, but in the interest of accountability will step down and run
“I must be accountable to the people who elected me,” said Penashue. “In the by-election I will be asking the people of Labrador to re-elect me so that I can continue to deliver for Labrador.”
No date for a by-election has been set.
More to come