Ethics watchdog concerned that Scheer s office advised MP to contravene code
|CTVnews 05 Dec 2018 at 08:22|
Calgary Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie contravened the code last March 29 when she posted on social media a letter she d sent the ethics commissioner that day asking him to investigate Raj Grewal, who was a Liberal MP at the time.
Kusie was one of two MPs to ask Dion to investigate whether Grewal was in a conflict of interest when he invited a construction company executive -- who was paying Grewal for legal services at the time -- to official events with Justin Trudeau during the prime minister s trip to India early this year.
Grewal was kicked out of the Liberal caucus last week amid revelations that he was under police investigation after racking up enormous gambling debts.
Dion says he s imposing no sanction on Kusie because she posted her ethics complaint on the advice of the Opposition Leader s Office (the "OLO," in Parliament Hill jargon).
Indeed, Dion indicates he s troubled by the cavalier attitude Scheer s staff took toward a rule meant to prevent disclosure of an ethics complaint against an MP until that MP has been notified.
Under the code, an MP who requests an ethics investigation is prohibited from making any public comment on the matter until the commissioner confirms that the subject of the inquiry has received a copy of the complaint, or 14 days after the request is made, whichever is earlier.