Quote: Originally Posted by Trex
Then why did he publicly state he would not sit in regards to CBC bills?
Why did he file a signed letter stating he would no sit or vote on bills regarding the CBC?
And last but not least why did he lawyer up?
You and his lawyer are probably both correct in stating that he can legally weasel his way through voting on CBC bills while both being under cantract to and being fiscally renumerated by CBC.
This one is pretty bad because it's about personal gain.
I stand by what I said this guy is morally and ethically way out there.
He could have easily just followed through with what he promised and recursed himself.
Maybe he can go hang with Duffy for beers and laughs.
Actually, it's not about personal gain.
The contract has already been executed and is being performed. A bill before the House of Commons that seeks even to increase general funding to the CBC does not affect Mr. Cash's private interests. A bill before the House that would decrease
general funding to the CBC also does not affect Mr. Cash's private interests. The contract has already been executed, it is a done deal, and very few bills considered by the Parliament of Canada could even purport to touch on that type of private interest.
By your logic, every member of Parliament should abstain from every motion, because they are all Canadians, and every motion relates to Canadians and their interests, and therefore every motion would be a conflict of interest. The definition of a conflict of interest or ethical dilemma is not even in the same neighbourhood as what you're espousing here.
Also, your assertion about Mr. Cash's apparent recusal is simply incorrect.
On September 26, 2011, Mr. Cash submitted a letter declaring his personal interest to both Ms. Mary Dawson
, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner
, and deposited the same with the Clerk of the House, stating that he would not participate in debate or vote "on matters to do with the CBC in which [he has] a private interest
" (emphasis mine; source
). There have been no motions that have come forward that have related to the CBC in a way which affects his private interest
He never made a covenant or promise not to vote on anything
related to the state broadcaster, but only on those issues in which he shares a private interest. Since there have been no such motions or bills debated by the House of Commons, there has been no occasion to necessitate an abstention.
The Conservative Party of Canada
has latched onto this non-issue in order to distract Canadians from the fantastic impropriety and dischord within their own ranks—and this includes the resignation of The Honourable John Duncan P.C., M.P.
(Vancouver Island North
), who used to be the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
, and the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
, for a real breach
of the ethics rules. The former Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development had attempted to interfere with the Tax Court of Canada
This is not to mention warnings and orders from the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner to The Honourable Jim Flaherty P.C., M.P.
), the Minister of Finance
; Ms. Eve Adams M.P.
), the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veteran Affairs
; and Mr. Colin Carrie M.P.
), the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health
for inappropriate interference in the work of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission
to come to independent and non-partisan broadcast decisions.
It seems to me that we need to take any ethical criticism from Her Majesty's Government for Canada
with a grain of salt. If the Government took real conflicts of interest as seriously as it took made-up ones (such as that of Mr. Cash), then the prime minister would insist on the replacement of his finance minister and both of these parliamentary secretaries.
- NDP draws fire over CBC conflict of interest (source).
- Aboriginal affairs minister John Duncan resigns from cabinet (source)
- PMO defends two Tory MPs rebuked by ethics watchdog (source)
- Jim Flaherty tried to influence decision on radio license (source)
Quote: Originally Posted by Trex
Its like attributing the shameful downfalls of Liberal Sukh Dhaliwal or Liberal ex-Premier Shawn Graham at Justin Trudeau's doorstep.
This is a bit of an aside, but I wanted to comment anyway.
Mr. Sukh Dhaliwal
used to be the House of Commons member for my riding.
He came to speak at my university when our student association hosted an all-candidates debate. In response to a question about his absolutely dismal attendance in the House, he responded that his attendance at cultural events, dinners, and weddings—in lieu of House attendance—was a valid and acceptable parliamentary function. And with that, despite my continued support of the Liberal Party of Canada
, he lost my vote when it came to the 2011 general election.
I think it's critical that Canadians vote based on the merits of individual candidates, although I acknowledge that party status is also a consideration (I am certainly no exception to this). On the balance of all of these things considered, I ended up voting for Ms. Jinny Sims M.P.
), the Critic for Citizenship and Immigration
. Notwithstanding some of her party's faults, I have been impressed with her performance in the House.
Apologies for the tangent.