Hopefully he can afford it…
It has been revealed by journalist Anthony Furey that Bill Morneau has paid a fine.
As noted by Furey, “A notice quietly posted to the ethics commissioner’s website recently details the two sections of the act the embattled senior Liberal minister has been penalized for violating. Both penalties are related to Morneau’s failure to disclose his directorship in the corporation that owns his French villa and an estimate of its failure.”
So, what was Morneau’s punishment for the violations?
There aren’t any missing zeroes there. All that Bill Morneau – a multimillionaire – had to pay for violating the Conflict of Interest Act was $200.
For perspective, that pathetic fine represents 0.00004% of the estimated $5 million in profits he made on his Morneau-Shepell holdings since becoming Finance Minister, which he claims he will donate to charity.
As you can see, with such a low level of punishment for violations, there is no real incentive for people in government to follow the conflict rules (aside from fear of political consequences).
Once again, we see that there is one set of rules for those at the top, and another set of rules for the rest of us. The government loves going after Canadians for minor mistakes, yet it lets those in power get away with almost everything.
It’s a total disgrace, and it’s another reason trust in government is collapsing at a pace we’ve never seen before.
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