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Ex-ethics commissioner Dawson calls for removal of friends exemption in Conflict of Interest Act

By Jolson Lim      

'There’s no way a friend should always obviate the obligation under section 11. The real test should be: could it reasonably be seen to influence you?'

Outgoing ethics commissioner Mary Dawson arrives to testify at the House Ethics Committee on Jan. 10. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
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Former ethics commissioner Mary Dawson is voicing support for eliminating an exemption in federal ethics rules allowing public office holders to accept gifts from close friends and relatives that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unsuccessfully used to justify his decision to vacation on the Aga Khan's private island in 2016. Appearing before the House Ethics Committee on Wednesday, Ms. Dawson said she didn't believe the existence of a friendship was reason enough to free public office holders from rules barring

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