Submission to the Clerk of the House of Commons respecting my private interest relating to Bills C-56 and C-352October 17, 2023
HERE is a link to remarks I delivered in the House of Commons on 16 October 2023, in which I detailed the nature of my private interest in my family’s business and its relation to the House’s consideration of Bill C-56 and Bill C-352, and explained a set of documents, below, that I submitted to the Clerk of the House of Commons.
I am posting these documents here because I think that transparency is essential in matters relating to ethics. It was for this reason that I stood in the House and made these remarks, and it was also for this reason that I sought to table these four documents in the House of Commons (which would have resulted in these documents being added to the public record as a part of the Journals of the House.
Unfortunately, the parliamentary secretary to the Government House Leader denied the unanimous consent that is required to table documents in the House. So I am adding them to the public record by posting them here, instead.
HERE is my cover letter to the Clerk of the House of Commons.
Below are four documents that I have submitted to the Clerk of the House of Commons, pursuant to subsection 12(1) of the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons.
- A letter that I wrote to the Ethics Commissioner on 19 September 2023, in which I laid out the general nature of my private interest in my family’s business.
- An email thread containing subsequent correspondence with the Ethics Commissioner and his staff, leading up to, and including, his response email on 6 October 2023.
- A further letter that I sent on 16 October 2023, in order to comply with the Ethics Commissioner’s further instruction with respect to proceedings in the National Conservative Caucus, of which I am the Chair.
- The cover letter to the Ethics Commissioner, delivered to his office on 16 October 2023, in which I confirmed to him that I have complied with this further instruction.
For further reference, here is the letter I received from the Ethics Commissioner on 6 October 2023.
UPDATE (added 9 February 2024):
HERE is the letter I sent to the Ethics Commissioner on 24 November 2023, in which I detailed how I recused myself from debates and votes in the House of Commons on 20 and 23 November 2023.
HERE is the letter I sent to the Ethics Commissioner on 9 February 2024, in which I detailed how I recused myself from debates and votes in the House of Commons on 5, 11, and 13 December 2023, and 2 and 7 February 2024.