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Liberals complain over ads

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THE Liberals have lodged a formal complaint against an NDP MLA for advertising during the election.

In a letter sent to Elections Manitoba, Val Thompson, co-chair of the Liberal campaign, accused Conrad Santos, MLA for Wellington, of breaking the Elections Finances Act by running constituency ads in the Free Press during the election.

Twice -- on May 7 and again on May 14 -- Santos ran a small ad with his picture and information on his constituency office, address and phone number in the Community Review section of the paper.

Thompson charges the ads are illegal under the act.

"The Manitoba Liberal Party understands that MLA's constituency advertising normally paid for by the Government of Manitoba should not be placed during the election period," she wrote in a letter dated May 22.

Dave Wilkie, spokesman for Elections Manitoba, confirmed his office has received the complaint but could not provide any details on the situation until the investigation is complete.

Section 56 (1) of the Election Finances Act states that "government departments or Crown agencies will not publicize or advertise in any manner during an election period," said Wilkie.

If the ads are in contravention of the act, Elections Manitoba will file a report in its annual report, which is forwarded to the Speaker of the legislature.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 27, 2003 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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