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Tory candidate Mike Currie has filed a formal complaint with Election Canada over a newspaper advertisement by Liberal incumbent Lawrence MacAulay. ((CBC))

Mike Currie—the Conservative candidate in Cardigan—has filed a formal complaint with Elections Canada over a newspaper advertisement by Liberal incumbent Lawrence MacAulay.

The ad says that during the election, MacAulay can be reached at his constituency office at Poole's Corner, Stratford or Souris.

Murray Murphy, Currie's lawyer, said MacAulay is not authorized to—and does not—operate constituency offices now that the election is on.

He wants a correction and an apology.

"What we're saying is that we want a fair fight. And we can win a fair fight," said Murphy on Thursday. "I think that what we've seen so far is that the other guys will use any advantage they can to try to get an upper hand. We just want everybody to play by the rules."

MacAulay said someone must have put constituency offices in the election advertisement by mistake.

"It is a serious issue when somebody complains to Elections Canada. What I'm waiting for is to see what Elections Canada has to say," said MacAulay. "I certainly, or my staff that did this, volunteers, certainly did not intend to do anything wrong at all, but it happened and whatever Elections Canada says, I'm only too pleased to abide by."

But MacAulay said Thursday he is still an MP and can still have a constituency office.