Canada Liberals nominate new ethics watchdog

00:21  12 december  2017
00:21  12 december  2017 Source:   MSN

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The Liberals are tapping a long-time public servant to be the new ethics watchdog for the House of Commons. Government House leader Bardish Chagger says Mario Dion is being nominated to become the next ethics and conflict of interest commissioner.

OTTAWA – The Liberals are tapping a long-time public servant to be the new ethics watchdog for the House of Commons. Government House leader Bardish Chagger says Mario Dion is being nominated to become the next ethics and conflict of interest commissioner.

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OTTAWA - The Liberals are tapping a long-time public servant to be the new ethics watchdog for the House of Commons.

Government House leader Bardish Chagger says Mario Dion is being nominated to become the next ethics and conflict of interest commissioner.

Dion is currently the chairman of the Immigration and Refugee Board, but has previously served as chairman of the National Parole Board and the public sector integrity commissioner.

He is also a former legal adviser to a number of government bodies.

Today's announcement comes after a heated question period during which the Conservatives peppered the government about who would take over from outgoing commissioner Mary Dawson, who is looking into a conflict-of-interest controversy involving Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

Justin Trudeau and some of his top aides sat out the selection process because Dawson is investigating whether the prime minister broke ethics rules during a vacation to the Aga Khan's private island last Christmas.

An ethical breach which should stick to Justin Trudeau .
We already knew of the private island, the private helicopter and a Christmas holiday steeped in the type of privilege and luxury unknown to all but the tiniest upper percentile of Canadians.That didn’t stick to Justin Trudeau.Now, we have four slam-dunk violations of the conflict of interest act and a public apology from the first prime minister ever found guilty of ethical violations while in office.This should be a political grenade that blew up in Trudeau’s hand, and his deer-in-the-headlights performance when challenged on his judgment by The National’s Rosemary Barton was the equivalent of him pulling the pin.

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