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Peter Penashue responds to constituents in statement

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue, under fire in the House of Commons for weeks now over his election campaign finances, said last week that he would talk to his constituents in Labrador today. Instead, he issued a statement saying he is surprised and disappointed about the allegations that have arisen since the campaign.

November 13, 2012

On May 2, 2011, the people of Labrador put their trust in me and asked that I represent them in Ottawa.

I was grateful that Reg Bowers offered to serve as the Official Agent for that hard fought campaign. As Official Agent, Reg was responsible for administration and bookkeeping. I focused on campaigning across this massive riding and meeting the people of Labrador.

I was very clear during the campaign that we would follow the rules. I specifically indicated that, in accordance with the law, we could not accept corporate donations. I was not aware of any problems or irregularities during the campaign.

No one is more surprised than I am at the allegations that have arisen since the campaign. No one is more disappointed. That's why there is a new Official Agent in place to examine all of the paperwork and to work with Elections Canada to correct any mistakes.

Throughout this difficult time, I remain focused on serving the people of Labrador who asked me to represent them as their Member of Parliament - working on their priorities, such as the Muskrat Falls project, the Canadian Armed Forces presence in Goose Bay, broadband connectivity, infrastructure investments and other initiatives to help our communities.

I would also like to thank all of you who have expressed your support and encouragement throughout the last few weeks. I am grateful for your support, and proud to serve as your Member of Parliament.

Sincerely,

Hon. Peter Penashue, PC, MP
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