Housing boast merely a typo, Tories say
The Liberals say the Progressive Conservatives have been caught trying to inflate the value of government spending in a western Newfoundland district, while the Tory campaign says the fuss boils down to a typo.
Humber Valley Liberal candidate Dwight Ball has accused PC incumbent Darryl Kelly of using one of his pamphlets to exaggerate what the governing Tories have accomplished on public housing.
"[The] mailout mentions about $22 million spent in affordable housing in Humber Valley, and of course we know that that’s not right," said Ball, who is hoping on Tuesday to regain the seat he lost in the 2007 election. [MORE: David Cochrane's 10 seats to watch.]
Kelly, however, said it's all a big mistake.
"It was an error," Kelly said.
"I guess when we proofed it, we might've thought it was $2.2 million or something, I am not sure. But, anyway, it was an unintentional error. It was a mistake and I acknowledge that."
Kelly said the ad should only have noted that about $700,000 was spent in the area on housing. The $22-million figure, he said, covered the overall amount that government has provided to municipalities in the area.