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Send the Ethics Office packing

By Susan Riley      

We need political leaders who put ethical behaviour ahead of partisan advantage and we need a vigorous, well-financed media to search out and expose wrongdoing. But do we need a federal ethics commissioner? Not if it is going to be more of the same.

It is outrageous that outgoing ethics commissioner Mary Dawson has yet to report on complaints about Justin Trudeau’s famous visit to the Aga Khan’s private Caribbean Island last Christmas, writes Susan Riley. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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GATINEAU, QUE.—It is outrageous that outgoing ethics commissioner Mary Dawson has yet to report on complaints about Justin Trudeau’s famous visit to the Aga Khan’s private Caribbean Island last Christmas. No matter what you think of the accusations—overblown and trivial; serious and illustrative—the explanation that all Canadians deserve is long overdue Nor is the delay fair to opposition members looking for clarity (and ammunition), to a prime minister whose reputation has taken a hit, or to the political

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