Ethics czar’s senior counsel exercised ‘abundance of caution’ in recusal from SNC probe over potential conflict
By Beatrice Paez Apr. 8, 2019
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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