Union accused by Manitoba Tories of breaking election limits files financials

A Manitoba union accused by the governing Progressive Conservative party of breaking an election advertising limit has filed paperwork that says its spending was well within the law.

Unifor has filed a financial report with Elections Manitoba, as all third-party advertisers are required to do after each election.

Unifor says it spent just under $19,000 during the four-week Manitoba election campaign that ended Sept. 10 – well under the legal limit of $25,000.

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Cabinet minister Kelvin Goertzen accused Unifor in August of over-spending, when he noticed several billboards, bus-shelter ads and brochures the union had produced that criticized the government.

The Progressive Conservatives quickly filed a complaint with the provincial election commissioner, and that investigation is ongoing.

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Unifor denied the accusation from the start, and both sides say they will not comment further until the investigation is complete.

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