Campaign loan extensions for six MPs expired New Year's Eve
By Glen McGregor, The Ottawa CitizenJanuary 5, 2010
Six MPs who ran for the Liberal leadership in 2006 -- including eventual winner Stéphane Dion -- have missed the year-end deadline to repay loans made to their campaigns, the party says.
Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand in 2008 granted the candidates 18-month extensions to pay off debts, but the party admits tough economic times and the recurring possibility of another election meant they couldn't meet the date.
Dion and MPs Gerard Kennedy, Martha Hall-Findlay, Maurizio Bevilacqua, Joe Volpe and Hedy Fry were all given extensions that expired on New Year's Eve.