The potential conflict of interest faced by Martine Richard, senior counsel at the ethics commissioner's office who is related by marriage to a cabinet minister, was first raised by ethics group Democracy Watch.
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc, pictured July 18, 2018, at the cabinet shuffle in Ottawa with his wife, Jolène Richard. The Hill Times file photograph by Andrew Meade
Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s senior investigator has had to relinquish involvement in at least two investigations, including the SNC-Lavalin probe, due to a perceived conflict of interest, according to the commissioner’s office.
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Though divisive politics has become a regular feature of political culture in Canada, thanks in part to the rhetoric from the country's southern neighbours, some MPs say there's been pushback to that kind of messaging.
A former CSIS analyst says the RCMP had a ‘strong case’ against journalist Ben Makuch, but the vice-president of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression says the ruling will ‘hurt the institution of journalism.'
Independent Senator Kim Pate, who will be among those in attendance at Nicholas Kasirer's hearing next week, is interested in hearing about his views about how systemic inequality can affect access to justice.