Thursday, October 01, 2009

Ethics complaint filed against Lisa Raitt

The story in the Toronto Star this morning has spawned an ethics complaint against Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt for a fundraising episode run out of the Toronto Port Authority, a federal agency which is supposed to be politically off limits and independent of partisan activity. Supposed to be.
The conflict of interest and ethics commissioner has been asked to investigate Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt's conduct in light of a Toronto Star story about her fundraiser being organized in the office of the president of the Toronto Port Authority.

New Democrats have requested Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson to investigate a potential breach of the ethics rules as result of the $250 a head Toronto fundraiser being coordinated out of the office of the president of the port authority.
Runesmith suggests there may be more to come too, Elections Canada in the mix due to the invite?

Federal institutions do not exist for the advancement of the interests of the Conservative party. Hopefully the Ethics Commissioner will agree.

Update (4:50 p.m.): Liberal MP Paul Szabo as well:
This is a severe breach of ethics by Minister Raitt,” said Liberal MP Paul Szabo, chair of the Parliamentary ethics committee. “Minister Raitt and Conservative high command would have known full well that this fundraiser not only appears to be a clear violation of the Conflict of interest Act but also appears to run counter to the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct.”
“Ms. Raitt’s decision to allow taxpayers resources to be used for her personal partisan interests was not only unethical, the fact that registered lobbyist Michael McSweeney, vice-president industry affairs of the Cement Association of Canada, was helping to organize the event appears to breach Lobbyists' Code of Conduct,” noted Mr. Szabo.