House Speaker used firm linked to Cotler calls - 2011-12-14
Cotler asked Scheer to rule on whether the calls breached his parliamentary privilege, interfering in his ability to do his work as an MP. Cotler said his office was forced to deal with calls and emails from people in his Montreal riding wondering whether it was true. He also argued it made Parliament as a whole look bad, breaching privilege for all parliamentarians.
Scheer ruled Tuesday that he didn't have the authority as Speaker to deal with calls made without using parliamentary resources, and ruled that there was no case on the face of Cotler's arguments for a breach of privilege.