Rocking chair gift rocks federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh!

FEDERAL NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh apparently believed that it was okay for his wife to accept a $1,895 Grand Jackson Rocker by Canadian furniture company Monte Design in exchange for posting it on her Instagram account, mentioning the company.

Jagmeet’s wife, Gurkiran, had posted the image on December 10. Last Sunday, Singh published an image of himself in the same chair with his newborn daughter on his Instagram page and he tagged the furniture company in the image.

After the CBC reported that the rocking chair was a gift, the NDP said that Singh would repay the money. The party told CBC that it is working with the ethics commissioner and intends to file a formal disclosure report about the affair.

In a statement to the CBC, the party spokesperson said: “The chair was given to Gurkiran with an expectation that she would promote it on social media. There was no expectation that Jagmeet would post about it.”

The spokesperson added: “We are working with the ethics commissioner, as we always do, to ensure that any gifts received by Jagmeet or Gurkiran are declared and that we are in compliance with the Act.”

The CBC pointed out that according to the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons, MPs or any member of their family can accept gifts that “might reasonably be seen to have been given to influence the member in the exercise of a duty or function of his or her office.”

In any case, Monte Design must be laughing all the way to the bank, eh!