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Conflict watchdog’s power to sanction MPs should be defined, argues CPC MP Reid, but other MPs not convinced

By Laura Ryckewaert      

The Conflict of Interest Code for MPs is overdue for its legislated five-year review—as is the federal Conflict of Interest Act, and the Lobbying Act—a review that appears unlikely to happen in this Parliament.

Conservative MP Scott Reid, far left, says he thinks MPs should look to define what sanctions the federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner can recommend for contraventions of the Conflict Code for MPs, an idea his caucus colleague, Peter Kent, supports. But Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux and NDP MP Charlie Angus say it's not an issue on their radar. The Hill Times file photograph and photographs courtesy of Andrew Meade

For the first time ever, the federal conflict of interest commissioner flexed his power to recommend sanctions against a Member of Parliament under the Conflict of Interest Code last fall—a demonstration Conservative MP Scott Reid argues makes clear the need for MPs to consider and define what sanctions the commissioner should appropriately be able to recommend.

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert is a deputy editor at The Hill Times.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com


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