Helena Geurgis shops at Winners?

Embattled minister expensed handbags, shoes and jogging gear during '08 campaign

Elections Canada auditors are going through the campaign expenses of Status of Women Minister Helen Geurgis, and it appears a few of her purchases may be, um, ineligible. She claimed $977 worth under the “other” category following the 2008 election; receipts suggest the purchases include clothing and handbags from the discount retailer Winners. Geurgis also appears to have expensed a considerable amount of jogging gear from the Running Room, according to a report in today’s Ottawa Citizen. It’s not exactly Watergate: given the minister’s previous image as the style-setter of the Tory caucus, she may be most embarrassed by the revelation that her designer-label stuff comes from Winners. But more suggestion of impropriety is about the last thing Geurgis and her husband Rahim Jaffer need just now.

Vancouver Sun

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