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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Flaherty cleared of conflict of interest allegations: Report

Mary Dawson, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, today cleared Finance Minister Jim Flaherty of conflict of interest allegations.

The complaint was filed in February by Thomas Mulcair, the NDP Member of Parliament for the riding of Outremont, and alleged that Flaherty violated the Conflict of Interest Act with an untendered contract awarded to the firm MacPhie & Company Inc. Hugh MacPhie, the president of the company, was described as a “Flaherty loyalist” and “senior campaign official” in a March 27, 2002 article from the National Post.

After completing the investigation, Dawson concluded that “There was no evidence that Mr. Flaherty or his staff extended the contract to Mr. MacPhie to accord him a benefit. To the contrary, I am satisfied that the primary concern of Mr. Flaherty and his staff was the effective advancement of the 2007 budget.”

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on December 18, 2008 in Canadian Conservative Politics | Permalink


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Was some other result even possible?

Posted by: JC | 2008-12-18 4:08:04 PM

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