February 03, 2016

Conservative MP quips: Liberal House Leader “getting to know the ethics commissioner far too well”

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder
 

They campaigned on being more ethical than the Conservatives but the Liberals are facing ethical questions of their own mere months into government.

Turns out that Liberal House Leader Dominic LeBlanc wrote to a citizenship judge and asked him to resign, something the Conservatives say amounts to political pressure.

Last fall LeBlanc wrote to dozens of people who had their appointments to boards and tribunals extended or renewed by the Harper government before the last election. The Liberal defence is that they didn't make the appointments and they are within their rights to question them.

Not so say the Conservatives pointing out that at least one of the appointees LeBlanc wrote to is a judge and part of an organization the government regularly battles in court with.

"These people were already appointed. He has no right to use his position to intimidate them," Conservative MP Blaine Calkins said. "Judicial independence is paramount. These judges and tribunal members make rulings on matters between the government and Canadians. Will they now feel pressured to side with the new Liberal government in order to keep their jobs?"

LeBlanc was having none of it.

"The member knows full well that our letters to these members were about personnel matters and not about cases or files that were before them," LeBlanc replied. "It is an elementary thing that the Governor-in-Council can interact with the people we appoint to different jobs on personnel matters."

Calkins shot back that this is not LeBlanc's first run in with ethics violations referencing an incident in 2003, and illegal fundraising last year.

In 2003 Leblanc helped set up flights to the Irving fishing lodge for several fellow Liberal MPs including current cabinet minister John McCallum. Due to his close relationship with the Irving family, LeBlanc had been warned about having dealings with them while in government. Last fall the Liberals were forced to cancel a fundraiser that featured LeBlanc and other cabinet members and offered donors a chance to ask ministers questions about government business. The fundraiser was cancelled after an intervention from the ethics commissioner.

 

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commented 2016-02-07 23:03:48 -0500
Liberals can’t win an argument they are on the wrong side of, so they threaten violence … how progressive!
commented 2016-02-04 16:14:41 -0500
No Liberal MP wants to get within spitting distance of an ethics commissioner, brings back too many memories.
commented 2016-02-04 13:18:25 -0500
We all know this is no surprise – in fact, if they had actually gotten to the House earlier as a government, this would have come up at that time — the historic record of Liberals in power is legendary — I am amazed that something of this kind is considered ‘news’ — although this particular incident is ‘news,’ the record of the Liberals in this kind of situation is not news.
commented 2016-02-04 11:23:54 -0500
Jay Kelly commented 12 hours ago
The issue LeBlanc wrote to the appointees about was their appointments themselves. The previous government, before leaving office, named or renewed dozens of appointees to public positions, some with annual stipends over $100, 000. Given the change of government, there was no way to check or review the credentials of the appointees so the current government proposed that they all resign and re-submit their names so they could be appointed on merit, if appropriate.
It is the kind of accountability that Stephen Harper used to speak about way back before he became Prime Minister. Hopefully the current Conservative opposition will lay off their childish theatrics in favour of supporting accountability.

“There was no way to check or review the credentials of the appointees” Really? Harper just hired somebody off the street with no CV? The opposition at the time didn’t bother to check and just found out now that they are not suitable for the position? The opposition didn’t mention any problem previously about individuals who were extended. Why not? How would you feel if you have been hired and then told we have changed out mind and we would like you to quit?

Anyone with half a brain can see the Liberals just want to appoint their own lackey’s into these positions.
commented 2016-02-04 02:38:18 -0500
The most corrupt party in Canadian history , they never change. As much as i despise the NDP they are rank amateurs compared to the libs when it comes to corruption.
commented 2016-02-04 00:27:02 -0500
I have said it before and I will say it again. PROOF POSITIVE THAT LIBERALISM IS MENTAL DISORDER. Trudeau leads the way to La La Land.
commented 2016-02-03 23:33:50 -0500
The five Immigration & Refugee Board members, and the Citizenship Judge must ‘hang in there’. I think Trudeau wants this particular group out of the way while he keeps the promises made to ethnocentric block voters to change the rules, so as to admit to Canada those family members who would have otherwise been denied under the current skill-based system, as well as non-convention refugees such as the 5,000.000+ stateless in Palestine.
commented 2016-02-03 22:54:14 -0500
The issue LeBlanc wrote to the appointees about was their appointments themselves. The previous government, before leaving office, named or renewed dozens of appointees to public positions, some with annual stipends over $100, 000. Given the change of government, there was no way to check or review the credentials of the appointees so the current government proposed that they all resign and re-submit their names so they could be appointed on merit, if appropriate.
It is the kind of accountability that Stephen Harper used to speak about way back before he became Prime Minister. Hopefully the current Conservative opposition will lay off their childish theatrics in favour of supporting accountability.
commented 2016-02-03 22:48:49 -0500
that’s why everyone should have parliamentary privilege, all of the time.
commented 2016-02-03 22:33:55 -0500
Adan Roberts, I believe he’s referring to parliamentary privilege, exemption from libel laws in the halls of debate, not a duel. If the Liberals carry on handling the “personal matters” of arms-length institutions, perhaps LeBlanc may rue his invitation.
commented 2016-02-03 22:00:01 -0500
I think Dominck Lablanc was conflating ::—transitive verb meaning to confuse.
commented 2016-02-03 21:15:33 -0500
Getting too close to the Ethics Commissioner is a no-brainer of a no-no. Maybe time to investigate the Commissioner?
commented 2016-02-03 20:34:58 -0500
Ethics and Liberal Member of Parliament is often an oxymoron.
commented 2016-02-03 19:50:58 -0500
Certain things can be said inside the House by Members that cannot be said outside with the same impunity. Leblanc is challenging Calkins to repeat a lie outside the House.
Given that the Conservatives do not want to appear all feminized under their acting leader, it would be interesting if Calkins took Leblanc up on the offer.
commented 2016-02-03 19:33:56 -0500
the? typo … they are as crooked as the day is long.
commented 2016-02-03 19:31:46 -0500
“They campaigned on being more ethical than the Conservatives but the Liberals are facing ethical questions of their own mere months into government.”

Ethics, ethical, transparent, truthful, honest, mere buzz words they learned but have no concept of. Liberal politicians, at all levels of government, have always had the gift of talking out of both sides of their mouth at once while picking your pockets at the same time. The are as crooked as the day is long.

Trudeau 2.0 same as Trudeau 1.0 – The Dynasty lives on
commented 2016-02-03 19:28:42 -0500
It appears LeBlanc can’t see the forest for the trees. Threatening a fellow MP to a fist fight is juvenile at best and simply exposes LeBlanc for the utterly self serving ignoramus he is. Incredible.
commented 2016-02-03 19:22:52 -0500
Huh? I must have mis-heard that last line.
commented 2016-02-03 19:22:37 -0500
There was a very good article in today’s Globe and Mail about his matter. Dominic Leblanc wrote to dozens of appointees whose positions are renewals were to take effect after the election. He wrote to them not about the content of their jobs – for example, he did not write to a citizenship judge about a citizenship case. Rather he asked each of them to consider resigning from their appointments since the way the outgoing Tories had left it there was absolutely no way to vet the appointments.
The article in the Globe pointed out that the Conservatives were just playing theatre with this one. They knew the ethics were on the Liberal side.
commented 2016-02-03 19:12:15 -0500
Dominic if you don`t go drinking with Johnny Mac you won`t be… likes to fight guy ..it comes out in the alcohol …why do these liberal fella`s all look and act hammered ?? …I am starting to see the big picture though …you would have to be hammed up pretty good to believe the crap they are slinging….liquid lying courage
commented 2016-02-03 19:07:51 -0500
25m outside in the lobby? If that is not a threat, then what is? Totally accept the challenge and say it outside to his face. What’s he going to do? Slap you?