New allegations of campaign overspending aimed at federal Labrador minister

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OTTAWA - Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae says Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue (pen-ASH-a-way) should run for his seat again if fresh allegations that he overspent his campaign limit in last year's federal election are true.

An Elections Canada review had already indicated Penashue overspent his legal limit by almost $4,000.

Penashue's former campaign manager Reginald Bowers later apologized to Elections Canada for mistakes and missing paperwork.

CBC News cites new documents from Penashue's Elections Canada file that an airline in Labrador wrote off all but $7,000 of a nearly $25,000 travel bill.

During question period today, Rae asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the new allegations.

Harper said a new agent has been working with Elections Canada to fix those errors.

Penashue won an upset victory over Liberal incumbent Todd Russell by just 79 votes in the sprawling Labrador riding.

Organizations: Elections Canada, CBC News

Geographic location: OTTAWA

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