January 29th, 2014

A lesson in Conservative ethics

When things aren’t working for you, perhaps you’re found breaking the rules too many times; you should take a page out of the Conservative playbook. Just keep going!

Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq was caught last night attending a fundraising in her honour. Who was in attendance? None other than organizations her department grants funding to.

Sound familiar? It should.

Last week, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover had to return donations she received at a fundraising honouring her, of course attended by organizations she grants funding to.

Then of course there’s Cheryl Gallant, who decided to launch a campaign against banning incandescent light bulbs, a policy her government implemented. Unlike Aglukkaq and Glover, Gallant didn’t hold a fundraising event; she just used her light bulb campaign to raise money for the Conservative Association in Timmins-James Bay.

If things keep going the way they are, the Conservatives will do to Conflict of Interest guidelines what they did to ministerial responsibility, change the definition so their behavior no longer breaks the rules.

Canadians deserve better.