Dawson makes new guideline in Flaherty case

Mary Dawson said ministers are prohibited from using their positions to seek to influence decision-making so as to improperly further the private interests of another person. This distinction is not actually in the guidelines.

Conflict and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson recently ruled that it was ‘improper’ for Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, pictured, to urge the CRTC to grant a radio licence to a radio station in his Whitby-Oshawa, Ont., riding. Cabinet ministers aren’t allowed to influence administrative tribunals. Mr. Flaherty initially said he was advocating for a constituent, but later apologized and said he would obey the commissioner in the future. Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times

By Andrew Cardozo

PUBLISHED : Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 8:47 PM

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