Imagine how many conflicts-of-interest could have been ignored in the past decade…
A shocking report by Althia Raj in the Huff Post says that the Ethics Commissoner Mary Dawson has never investigated a cabinet minister for whether they recused themselves from a potential conflict of interest.
Dawson has been in her job for an entire decade.
The report points out that Dawson only launched one recusal-related conflict-of-interest investigation into an MP in that entire time period – and that investigation was only launched after another MP filed a complaint.
Here’s what Dawson’s spokeswoman told the Huff Post when asked about investigations into conflicts-of-interest:
“You asked whether the Commissioner has investigated a member for not recusing himself or herself formally (by filling a recusal) or informally (by not showing up to votes or debates) because of a conflict. The Commissioner has undertaken one inquiry in relation to a failure to recuse, the Thibault Inquiry in 2008.”
Raj specifically notes that Dawson “has never investigated a cabinet minister.” (for recusal in potential conflict of interest)
At this point, Canadians are asking “What is the point of even having an ethics commissioner if they don’t take strong action to investigate conflicts-of-interest.
As the scandal around Bill Moneybags Morneau continues to grow, people are looking back and wondering why the ethics commissioner wasn’t taking a more active role in investigating potential conflicts in order to protect the interests of the Canadian people. Now, we find out that Dawson has NEVER investigated a cabinet minister for whether they recused themselves in the situation of such a conflict during her entire time in office. It’s total incompetence.
Canadians now have zero faith or trust in our government system, because it seems the people who are supposed to stand up for our interests and serve as watchdogs over those in power are sitting around twiddling their thumbs.
Now, we can only imagine what other conflicts of interest are taking place that we’ve never heard of. This is an incredibly disturbing moment for Canadians, and the Trudeau government seems especially willing to take advantage of the total weakness of Canada’s ethics office.
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