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LeBlanc consulting ethics commissioner on his Irving family connection and new Fisheries, Oceans portfolio

By Derek Abma      

Dominic LeBlanc has already promised to avoid issues that involve J.D. Irving, but his new role that involves oversight of the Canadian Coast Guard could make that harder.

Dominic LeBlanc, government House leader and fisheries minister, is still working out with the ethics commissioner how to avoid a conflict of interest in the latter role given his friendship with James D. Irving. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Government House Leader Dominic LeBlanc was still working out details last week with the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner on how to go about his new job as minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard without running into a conflict of interest because of his connections to the powerful Irving family. Mr. LeBlanc (Beauséjour, N.B.) took on this new role late last month after Hunter Tootoo (Nunavut) abruptly resigned from the position

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