Ethics commissioner received complaint about Liberal MP hiring sister years ago


Commissioner’s office said at the time the complaint didn’t fall under its jurisdiction. The office of Canada’s conflict of interest and ethics commissioner received a complaint about MP Yasmin Ratansi employing her sister using public funds more than two and a half years ago, but turned it away, CBC News has learned. Commissioner Mario Dion’s office confirmed it said the complaint didn’t “appear” to fall under its jurisdiction when it received it in 2018. The office has since changed its mind; it sent a letter of concern to Ratansi and launched a preliminary review of the case following media coverage. “It does appear in looking at this we could have approached this differently in 2018, and perhaps we should have caught the allegation against MP Ratansi,” wrote Jocelyne Brisebois, a communications officer with Dion’s office

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