LeBlanc awarded a $24 million fishing license to a company that was going to be controlled by his wife’s cousin.
The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion has ruled that Liberal Minister Dominic LeBlanc violated the Conflict of Interest Act.
LeBlanc is currently intergovernmental affairs minister. But when he was the fisheries minister, he awarded a $24 million clam fishing license to the Five Nations Clam Company.
That company was set to be owned by LeBlanc’s wife’s cousin, meaning LeBlanc should have recused himself. Here’s what Dion said:
“Mr. LeBlanc was aware of Mr. Thériault’s extensive involvement in the fishing industry. He was also aware of his family relationship to Mr. Thériault when he made the decision to pursue next steps in issuing the licence to the Five Nations Clam Company. In fact, Mr. Thériault raised the licencing issue with Mr. LeBlanc prior to the decision and Mr. Thériault’s name appeared on the proposal submitted to Fisheries and Oceans Canada and read in full by Mr. LeBlanc. I therefore found that Mr. LeBlanc contravened subsection 6(1) and section 21 of the Act.”
The license process was eventually cancelled.
LeBlanc will get either a tiny fine, or nothing at all. The Ethics Commissioner has no real power, and the political class has structured the corrupt system in such a way that they can’t really be punished.
That’s why punishment will have to be meted out by the Canadian people at the ballot box. LeBlanc has followed in the footsteps of Justin Trudeau – who was the first PM to be found in violation of a federal statute while in power.
There’s a clear pattern of corruption in the Trudeau government, and that corruption starts at the very top.
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