September 22nd, 2015

NDP calls for Ethics Commissioner investigation

Following disturbing media reports involving the Prime Minister, officials from his office and Conservative cabinet ministers, Charlie Angus (NDP candidate Timmins-James Bay and NDP Ethics Critic) has written the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner asking her to investigate.

According to CBC reports, (September 21, 2015) high level meetings took place with senior KPMG executives and lobbyists while a serious investigation was under way into possible offshore tax avoidance schemes.

“Canadians deserve to know the reason for and content of meetings between cabinet ministers – as well as the Prime Minister himself – and a firm under investigation by the CRA,” said Angus. “I am calling on the Ethics Commissioner to investigate and provide Canadians with the clarity and transparency they deserve.”

These latest reports come on the heels of the Prime Minister’s own former ethics spokesperson being sentenced to jail time after being convicted of breaking election laws and during the ongoing Mike Duffy and Bruce Carson trials.

“Stephen Harper promised to clean up years of Liberal corruption – but that just hasn’t happened,” said Angus. “Canadians deserve better – and we urge the Prime Minister to come clean with Canadians about these allegations.”