Last week, federal intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue resigned his post and stepped down as an MP for the region for accepting ineligible donations during the 2011 election campaign.
According to CBC News, Penashue overspent his campaign limit by over 20 per cent and even accepted corporate donations, which are illegal under federal election rules.
On the surface, it looks like Penashue did the right thing: he took responsibility and he — or the Conservative Party — even paid the government $30,000 in penalties.
But, as is often the case in Ottawa, things aren't as clear-cut as they should be. In fact, the only thing that is clear is that the Tories are in full-campaign mode.
As explained by CBC's Kady O’Malley Penashue’s campaign website was registered before he stepped-down.
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