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Conflict of interest commissioner’s new interpretation of post-employment restrictions ‘stunning,’ disputed: observers

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Commissioner Mario Dion says he thinks the previously-applied interpretation of the Conflict of Interest Act’s post-employment restrictions wasn't ‘consistent’ with Parliament’s original intent, but individuals involved in drafting it disagree, and the change has caught many impacted unaware.

Federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion says he believes his new interpretation of the restrictions faced by political staff, ministers, and others when leaving office is consistent with the Conflict of Interest Act's original intent—but individuals who helped draft it disagree and are raising concerns about the impactful and poorly-communicated change. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Observers are expressing surprise and concern over a new interpretation of the restrictions faced by departing political staff, ministers, and others that extends existing one- and two-year employment bans to include jobs in the public service.

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert moved to Ottawa from Toronto roughly eight years ago to study a bachelor of journalism at Carleton University. She's been a reporter at The Hill Times since the end of June 2011.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com


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