Mario Dion, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, would be forced to leave office for a long time due to health problems.
This came at the same time as the announcement of an investigation into allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office improperly exerted pressure on former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to avoid a criminal trial. at SNC-Lavalin.
Let us remember that Mr. Dion promised, at his appointment, to impose salable fines on elected officials who break the law. In the case of SNC-Lavalin, Mr. Dion stated that he had reason to believe that there had been a possible contravention of the Conflict of Interest Act, which prohibits any public office holder from attempting to influence the decision of another person to further the interest of any other person.
The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner (or his replacement in case of absence) is appointed by the Governor in Council (Council of Ministers acting for and on behalf of the Governor General) after consultation with the Chiefs of all recognized parties in the Commons. Although the Commissioner is independent of the government, since he reports solely to Parliament and not to the federal government, he has, among other things, the mandate to provide confidential advice to the Prime Minister on matters of conflict of interest and conflict of interest. ethics.
Are not we hopeful that the government will assure us that Mr. Dion’s interim selection process is open and transparent? This is to encourage people to remain confident in Canadian democracy and to ensure the integrity of our public institutions. Let’s hope that Mr. Trudeau and his senior assistants will exclude themselves from this selection process! Because “One is never so well served as by oneself” is a proverb that has its limits.