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LeBlanc ‘accepts’ ruling on his conflict-of-interest breach, but dodges further questions

By Abbas Rana      

The report landed on day two of the Liberal caucus retreat in Saskatoon, the annual gathering that serves as a venue for backbenchers to draw attention to issues constituents have been raising and to get briefed on ministerial priorities.

Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion has found Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc in a conflict of interest for awarding a lucrative contract to his wife's cousin. Mr. LeBlanc, who until the last cabinet shuffle held the fisheries portfolio, accepted the findings of the report. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc ducked questions on his party's familiarity with federal ethics rules in the wake of the ethics commissioner's ruling on Wednesday that he was in a conflict of interest over his decision to award a lucrative contract to his wife's first cousin. Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion said in a report on Wednesday that Mr. LeBlanc (Beauséjour, N.B.) should have recused himself from deciding on whether to award a multimillion-dollar surf clam licence in February since

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