LILLEY: O’Toole promises to give ethics laws teeth, clean up Trudeau mess

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Every political party has that one issue that’s like kryptonite is to Superman. For the federal Liberals it’s ethics and entitlements, when voters see Liberals looking out for themselves rather than the average Canadian, they turn away. So it should be no surprise that Erin O’Toole and the Conservatives are bringing back the greatest hits of the Trudeau Liberals on this front. The trip to the Aga Khan’s private island, interfering in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, the WE Charity fiasco and more were raised by O’Toole as he promised to introduce ethics and anti-corruption laws with teeth. “Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau both violated Canada’s ethic laws several times, but received no penalty — or one that was far too low to deter unethical behavior,” O’Toole said. For years, Canadians have watched members of Parliament break federal ethics rules only to get a slap on the wrist. Penalties of a stern warning or a $200 fine don’t really cut it with the voting public. Don’t expect MPs who violate the ethics act to be doing a perp walk or spending time in prison, but what O’Toole is talking about are real fines.

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