Oliphant Commission report's recommendations continue to be ignored by Conservatives
Set out below is a letter-to-the-editor by Democracy Watch Board member Duff Conacher which was published on March 22, 2012 on Canada.com -- To see related op-ed, click here and to see related interview with Ethics Commissioner on CBC's Power and Politics, click here
Federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson has,
after 10 highly questionable rulings in the past 5 years
and an almost two-year delay in this case, finally
issued a ruling that complies with the Conflict of Interest Act
when she concluded that Conservative Cabinet minister
Christian Paradis' actions in relation to Rahim Jaffer
violated the rule prohibiting giving preferential
treatment to anyone or any organization.
If Prime Minister Harper does not
kick Paradis out of Cabinet, he will once again confirm
his tolerance of dishonest, unethical and secretive
behaviour by Cabinet ministers and senior government
And while Commissioner Dawson's
ruling is welcome, she should have ruled before last
May's election; has ignored for almost two years
Democracy Watch filed about the actions of Paradis'
staff, and other Conservative politicians and staff (who
also gave Jaffer preferential treatment), and; overall
has a very weak enforcement record.