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Information & Ethics committee  That's where the investigation has to go.

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Information & Ethics committee  Thank you very much. You can see, of course, as I mentioned, much more detail in the backgrounder I've prepared and submitted to the committee and in the news release that summarizes the key changes to end this system that really is a scandal. I hope the committee will work tog

August 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Thank you very much, Madam Chair. Democracy Watch and the Government Ethics Coalition, which it coordinates and which is made up of 30 citizen organizations from across Canada, welcomes the opportunity to present to the committee during this long-overdue review of the code, with

February 15th, 2022Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Because of the number of technical terms and also because I need to practice my French, I will answer in English. I hope that's okay with you. The definition of “private interests” is the huge loophole in subsections 3(2) and 3(3) of the code. Subsection 3(2) says that it's only

February 15th, 2022Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Through you, Madam Chair, Democracy Watch's position is that we agree with Mr. Dion's six general recommendations and nine technical recommendations generally. However, with regard to the recommendations on gifts, he has proposed that each lobbyist be allowed to give a $30 gift

February 15th, 2022Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Thank you. With regard to recommendation 4 by the Ethics Commissioner on restricting sponsored travel, the Ethics Commissioner, at the end of his section, says that this would still allow an MP to be sponsored to travel to speak at a conference. That's a huge loophole. All of th

February 15th, 2022Committee meeting

Duff Conacher