An Act to amend the Conflict of Interest Act (gift or other advantage)

Sponsor

Alexandre Boulerice  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Introduced, as of Feb. 1, 2017

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Summary

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This enactment amends the Conflict of Interest Act to specify that certain contributions are gifts or other advantages and to prohibit public office holders from giving preferential treatment to a person or organization in exchange for a gift or other advantage or from accepting a gift or other advantage in exchange for a face-to-face meeting. It also prohibits public office holders from soliciting funds indirectly from a person or organization in certain circumstances.

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Conflict of Interest ActRoutine Proceedings

February 1st, 2017 / 3:15 p.m.
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NDP

Alexandre Boulerice NDP Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, QC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-335, An Act to amend the Conflict of Interest Act (gift or other advantage).

Mr. Speaker, I am extremely pleased to rise briefly in the House today to provide an outline of this bill to amend the Conflict of Interest Act.

Posted on the Prime Minister's website is document of which the Liberal Party is quite proud, entitled “Open and Transparent Government”. The document includes rules of conduct for ministerial fundraising and that of the Prime Minister.

Unfortunately, the two main principles behind those rules, namely to not give preferential treatment to political donors and to prohibit the appearance of conflict of interest, do not have the force of law. They do not appear in the Conflict of Interest Act.

As New Democrats, we are going to help the government respect its own rules by amending the Conflict of Interest Act, to ensure that the Liberals' ethical principles have the force of law.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)