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Senate ethics officer drops review of Boisvenu after Conservative Senator apologizes, severs ties with far-right Facebook groups

By Peter Mazereeuw      

'I stand for the diversity, multiculturalism, and equality that this country proudly upholds,' Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu told the Senate Ethics Officer last fall.

Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, right, apologized publicly on Dec. 30 for his membership in far-right groups on Facebook, saying it was unintentional in some cases, and that he opposed racism and hate. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Senate Ethics Officer Pierre Legault has completed his examination of Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu’s ties to far-right Facebook groups, saying the Conservative Senator may have violated the Senate’s code of conduct, but had set things right by apologizing and promising to change the way he uses the social media platform in the future.

Peter Mazereeuw

Peter Mazereeuw is a deputy editor for The Hill Times covering politics, legislation, and the Senate.
- peter@hilltimes.com


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