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Information & Ethics committee  Thank you for your question. As I mentioned in my testimony, there are loopholes in the Financial Administration Act and the related regulations that allow for sole-source contracting. I think this process was a failure also of the public service. As many experts have pointed ou

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Information & Ethics committee  I mentioned in my testimony that I think the key thing to do is to require everyone to check with the Auditor General in advance when starting any significant spending process. The Auditor General could then do a quick check and say, wait a second, you've decided to do this as a

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Information & Ethics committee  I'd say, unfortunately, not very much at all is working, although there was one improvement made by the new Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion. The old Ethics Commissioner, whom you will be hearing from later today, Mary Dawson, had ruled, although it doesn't say this in the Conflic

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Information & Ethics committee  Parliament is sovereign and this is the ethics committee. I think a partisan committee, made up of MPs who are partisan, is not the best forum, because the questions tend to be driven by partisan motives as opposed to the rules and the evidence, but Parliament has a right to all

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Information & Ethics committee  It would have to be a decision made entirely by the public service without any participation at all by any ministers' staff, because first of all, according to Treasury Board's own policy and the federal government's own statement, ministerial staff act on behalf of ministers. Yo

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Information & Ethics committee  On ethics laws and also in terms of breaking open government promises, the Liberals rate an F in both cases, for sure. It's been a complete failure. He sent a great letter to ministers with great talk in terms of saying that they have to meet the highest ethical standards that wi

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Information & Ethics committee  Well, to answer the second part first, there are two sets of rules, one for hired-gun consultant lobbyists and the other for organization lobbyists, which is anything that is incorporated in any way, including any charity. The loopholes have to be closed for everyone and every ty

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Information & Ethics committee  My position is.... This is my position as a co-founder of Democracy Watch, but I'm also doing my Ph.D. in law on this specific topic of preventing conflicts of interest, so with my legal training, my position is that the Prime Minister and finance minister already admitted they v

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Information & Ethics committee  Thank you very much. Democracy Watch is calling on the members of the committee today not only to recommend many changes to prevent conflicts of interest in government decisions with regard to spending but also to work together and actually draft and propose a bill, and to intro

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Information & Ethics committee  Yes, that is fine.

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Information & Ethics committee  Thank you, again, Madam Chair, and all the members of the committee, for this opportunity to talk [Technical difficulty—Editor] conflicts of interest in government decisions. Good afternoon. I'll be speaking mostly in English during the meeting. Although I do need to practice m

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Information & Ethics committee  Thank you very much, Madam Chair. Thank you, to all the members of the committee, for this opportunity to present to you on this important topic of government ethics and preventing conflicts of interest in government decisions with regard to spending.

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Information & Ethics committee  That's no problem at all.

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  They would if they ever contacted me, but they don't.

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I'm acknowledging that these gifts.... Yes, sure. I acknowledged this last time when I was here on Bill C-50. That's why they should be restricted. When you talk about restricting third party citizen groups with respect to how high a donation they could have as the Public Policy

June 5th, 2018Committee meeting

Duff Conacher