Ethics Commissioner warns Liberal ministers not to ‘solicit funds’ as ministers, Conservatives request probe into Alghabra

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The office of the federal ethics commissioners released a tweet on Thursday warning Liberal Ministers not to solicit funds from stakeholders. Doing so amounts to a Conflict of Interest. “Ministers, [Conflict of Interest Act l] rules still apply to you during the election campaign,” tweeted the commissioner’s office. “You can’t personally solicit funds if it puts you in a [Conflict of Interest].” According to Section 16 of the Conflict of Interest Act, ministers “are prohibited from personally soliciting funds from any person or organization if doing so would place you in a conflict of interest.” The website of the ethics commissioner writes, “You are in a conflict of interest when you exercise an official power, duty or function that provides an opportunity to further your private interests of those of your relatives or friends or to improperly further another person’s private interests.” The Conflict of Interest Act prevents public office holders from giving preferential treatment to any person or organization who constitutes a ministerial stakeholder. […] “It might be an election, but Omar Alghabra is still selling access to Justin Trudeau’s government,” said the Conservatives.

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