Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege.
On Monday, a newspaper published in the national capital region appeared to be insinuating that some hon. members, myself included, had not met the requirements of the Canada Elections Act through failure to file their statutory return respecting election expenses with the local returning officer.
Mr. Speaker, this article is inaccurate. I filed the statement referred to with the returning officer of my constituency, on December 30 last, and I was accompanied by my official agent.
Furthermore, this return was later published in a newspaper in my constituency. The Chief Electoral Officer, Mr. Jean-Marc Hamel, confirmed to me by telephone that the article was inaccurate.
Subtopic: MR. FOX-STATEMENT RESPECTING ELECTIONS EXPENSES