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Former Indo-Canadian MP in fresh controversy

india Updated: Apr 09, 2010 11:58 IST

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A former Indo-Canadian Conservative MP, who was fined in 2009 for careless driving, has been asked by the ruling party not to use its logo after reports that he was using his self-claimed influence with the government the day he was arrested.

Jaffer, the former Conservative MP who had a recent run-in with the law, removed the Conservative logo from his website on Thursday after allegations that he had promised to obtain government funds for associates with questionable backgrounds.

Jaffer has never had any influence with Prime Minister Stephen Harper or his inner circle of advisers, a PM's spokesman said.

"Any accusation that the PMO has opened doors for Mr Jaffer or his business associates is false and it is also absurd," spokesman Dimitri Soudas said.

The Toronto Star published a story on Thursday detailing what happened on the night Jaffer, a former MP from Edmonton and the husband of Minister of State for the Status of Women Helena Guergi, was arrested and charged with drunk driving and cocaine possession in 2009 September.

The report revealed that Jaffer, who was defeated in his Edmonton riding by the NDP in the last election, was telling businessmen he had influence with the Prime Minister and his office.

The story noted, too, that Jaffer, 38, was continuing to use his parliamentary business card, which identifies him not only as a Conservative MP but as national caucus chair.

The prosecution ended up dropping the more serious charges after having decided there was not enough evidence to win at trial and Jaffer instead pleaded guilty to one count of careless driving. He was fined 500 Canadian dollars.