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The scrums: Peter Penashue’s resignation

Check out what MPs said in the House foyer after Question Period

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Two highlights from this afternoon’s post-Question Period scrums:

1. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair on illegal donations to former cabinet minister Peter Penashue’s election campaign: They’re called illegal contributions. I know that the Conservatives have that one stuck in their throat like a bone but we’re going to keep reminding them that these were illegal corporate gifts to one of their candidates. So he’s done the decent thing, he’s stepped down. But then on Saturday, he said he’s stepping down but he didn’t do anything wrong. The Conservatives stood up in the House today and said he’s admitted he’s done something wrong. Both of those statements cannot be true.

2. Liberal MP Scott Andrews on Penashue’s resignation from cabinet: The Conservative Party never admits defeat, never admits wrongdoing, and this is just another example that they don’t—even in his apology, ‘I’m sorry but I didn’t do nothing wrong.’ He didn’t even come out and apologize for what he did wrong. He’s still letting his financial agent take the blame. They never say I’m sorry.