Ethics commissioner investigating Morneau's sponsorship of pension bill

Saturday, 11 November 2017, 08:42:05 PM. Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson has confirmed she has launched a formal investigation into whether Finance Minister Bill Morneau has broken federal ethics law over his sponsorship of Bill C-27.
OTTAWA -- Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson has confirmed she has launched a formal investigation into whether Finance Minister Bill Morneau has broken federal ethics law over his sponsorship of Bill C-27. "We always are as careful as we can be to use the word examination when we’re talking about having launched an examination. Otherwise, we say we’re looking into something. It’s because when the media gets that word 'investigation' they confuse it between the two activities so we avoid the word investigation," Dawson told CTV News. In a letter to NDP ethics critic Nathan Cullen, provided first to CTV News, Dawson said she has "reasonable grounds" to "commence an examination" into whether Morneau contravened Canadian ethics laws by sponsoring the legislation while still owning shares in his family’s human resources company. Dawson confirmed to CTV News the investigation is solely focused on Morneau’s sponsorship of Bill C-27. Cullen wrote to the ethics commissioner in October requesting an investigation into whether Morneau was in a potential conflict of interest for putting forward the bill while -- as CTV News first reported -- still indirectly owning shares in Morneau Shepell. Bill C-27 proposes changes to private pensions, something that would fall under the company's purview. On Oct. 26 Dawson informed Cullen that she had "concerns" about his sponsorship of the bill and would be following up with him on it. Friday, she made it official she has...Read more
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