Democracy Watch Files Complaints With
Federal Ethics Commissioner About Possible Preferential Treatment of
Jaffer by Conservative Government Representatives
Thursday, May 6, 2010
OTTAWA - Today, Democracy Watch released the letter it sent
this morning to federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner
Dawson requesting that she investigate to determine whether various
of the Conservative government gave preferential treatment to
organizations and people represented by Rahim Jaffer in violation of
the Conflict of Interest Act.
To see the letter, click here (PDF).
In the letter, Democracy Watch refers to the documents
(PDF) disclosed last Wednesday to the House of Commons Government
Committee and other recent admissions that show various representatives
of the Conservative government responding very quickly to
communications from Rahim Jaffer, as well as granting and arranging
meetings for him and/or letting him use their parliamentary resources
and office for business activities.
"Democracy Watch's opinion
the documents and admissions provide enough evidence to believe that
treatment was given to Rahim Jaffer by Conservative government
representatives, and as a result investigations and rulings by the
Ethics Commissioner are required," said Democracy Watch
Coordinator Duff Conacher.
Section 7 of the Conflict
of Interest Act states that:
"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.”
Democracy Watch's opinion is that the Ethics Commissioner must
find that Conservative government representatives gave
preferential treatment to Rahim Jaffer unless those representatives can
prove that they have responded to everyone who approaches them about
government decisions and programs in the same way they responded to Mr.
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For more information, contact:
Democracy Watch's Government Ethics Campaign webpage