Ethics Commissioner Investigating Federal Health Minister Over Luxury Car Service with Liberal Party Ties

Peter Zimonjic of the CBC reports that the federal Health Minister is being investigated by the Ethics Commissioner over whether she violated section 7 of the Conflict of Interest Act by incurring over $7000 in expenses using a luxury car service owned by someone who campaigned for her during the 2015 federal election: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/philpott-limo-ethics-commissioner-probe-1.3732575

According to section 7, “No public office holder shall, in the exercise of an official power, duty or function, give preferential treatment to any person or organization based on the identity of the person or organization that represents the first-mentioned person or organization.”

In response to a request by Conservative MP Collin Carrie to investigate the federal Health Minister, the Ethics Commissioner wrote back stating that she has begun an investigation to determine whether the Minister contravened section 7 of the Act.

Pursuant to section 44 of the Act, the Commissioner will now investigate the matter, and make public a report setting out the facts in question as well as the Commissioner’s analysis and conclusions in relation to the investigation.

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