May 27, 2016 •
Ethics Complaint Alleges Potential Conflict of Interest Violations for Canadian Officials
Democracy Watch, a political accountability group, has filed an ethics complaint with Federal Commissioner of Lobbying Karen Shepherd questioning the permissibility of gifts of paid travel from various lobbying groups to senators and members of Parliament.
The group claims such gifts violate a rule prohibiting lobbyists from creating the appearance of a conflict of interest for public officials.
The complaint also requests an official other than Shepherd decide the issue because she has expressed interest in members of Parliament reappointing her to the position when her term ends in July.
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