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Ethics commissioner’s confusing remarks on asset loophole stems from scarce communications resources, say lobbyists

By Marco Vigliotti      

These are the 'kind of things that happen when you haven't devoted any time or resources to the narrative,' says Joe Jordan.

Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson has found herself in the centre of a media firestorm in recent weeks stemming from revelations that Finance Minister Bill Morneau had not placed his lucrative shares in family business Morneau Shepell in a blind trust. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson’s ambiguous remarks about the number of cabinet ministers holding personal investments indirectly through a holding company, thus avoiding the need of a blind trust, is likely the symptom of having no dedicated communications resources and prioritizing education and compliance over public shaming, according to a former Liberal MP. Joe Jordan, currently a senior associate with Ottawa's Bluesky Strategy Group, described the Office of the Ethics Commissioner, an officer of Parliament, as an internal educational

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