NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks during the annual Press Gallery Dinner at the Canadian Museum of History on Saturday, June 4, 2016 in Gatineau. (Photo: Justin Tang/CP)The affidavit, penned by a professor at the University of Sherbrooke, asserts that funding for satellite offices is not a matter of parliamentary privilege — a key question at the heart of whether courts have jurisdiction in the dispute. The legal battle over the NDP satellite office issue was launched after the Board of Internal Economy ordered 68 MPs — many who were defeated in October's election — to repay $2.7 million in parliamentary resources. The board tried to prevent the affidavit from being entered into evidence, fearing it could undermine the privileges and immunities held by the Commons to deal with internal matters as it sees fit.
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