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Watchdog petitions Federal Court to kill new appointments for lobbying, ethics commissioners

By Marco Vigliotti      

Democracy Watch has filed lawsuits in Federal Court challenging the appointments of Mario Dion as ethics commissioner and Nancy Belanger as lobbying commissioner, on the grounds that the Trudeau government did not meet the standards for proper consultations with opposition parties stipulated in federal legislation.

Mario Dion, left, and Nancy Belanger, right, were appointed ethics and lobbying commissioners, respectively, late last year after a lengthy selection process that spanned months. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

An ethics watchdog is suing the Trudeau government for the way it handled appointments for the lobbying and ethics commissioners, saying the Liberals failed to honour legislative requirements mandating consultations with all parties recognized in the House of Commons. 

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