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The ethics commissioner defers on Nigel Wright

‘Mr. Wright is also being investigated … to determine whether he has committed an offence under an Act of Parliament’


 

A statement from the ethics commissioner on her investigation of Nigel Wright.

Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson today suspended her examination under the Conflict of Interest Act of Mr. Nigel Wright’s involvement in the repayment of a Senator’s expenses.

Commissioner Dawson suspended the examination, as required by paragraph 49(1)(b) of the Act, when it was confirmed to her earlier today that Mr. Wright is also being investigated in relation to the same subject-matter to determine whether he has committed an offence under an Act of Parliament.

In accordance with subsection 49(2) of the Act, the Commissioner cannot continue the examination until any investigation or charge in respect of the same subject-matter has been finally disposed of.

With the Senate’s ethics officer having suspended her investigation of Mike Duffy, this matter now seems to be entirely in the hands of the RCMP.

Update 3:50pm. A statement from the RCMP.

The RCMP continues its investigation to determine whether a criminal act has taken place. It must be meticulous and carefully consider, and examine all information.

The RCMP would only lay charges when there is sufficient to do so. As such, we will not be commenting any further on this matter.


 

The ethics commissioner defers on Nigel Wright

  1. That might be the best thing for all involved.

  2. Mr. Wright is also being investigated in relation to the same subject-matter to determine whether he has committed an offence under an Act of Parliament.
    Is this being investigated by the RCMP? The quote doesn’t state who’s in charge of this other investigation. If so, that would make both Wright and Duffy being investigated by the Mounties?

    • Maybe Harper took on the investigation himself or delegated it to a conservative appointee in the senate again?

      Maybe the current chief of staff is investigating the former.

      Got to love the transparency and honesty in the Harper clan.

  3. I wonder what kinds of “gifts” Mr. Wright gives to family members at Christmas or birthdays?

  4. Good Move

  5. So the RCMP is investigating the PMO’s role in the Senate scandal and the Senate is investigating the RCMP.

    The RCMP is investigating the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister. The Minister to whom the RCMP reports also reports to the Prime Minister. The Minister has previously restricted the RCMP’s ability to speak directly to the public, forcing them to go through his office, in effect muzzling the RCMP for political expediency.

    The party that is in control of this bizarre and incestuous relationship is also under investigation by a variety of agencies and organizations for a number of different electoral fraud allegations. They have not cooperated with any of the these. One of their MPs just managed to find himself off the hook after failing to provide a breathalyser sample, a crime that in and of itself would have rendered a guilty verdict for 99% of regular Canadians.

    And we’re supposed to have faith in this system?

  6. Well, I guess this means another trail will be salted into
    oblivion …

  7. A glacier could easily outrun an RCMP investigation. Its pace will be measured in decades. There won’t be a Con hack left in the country who hasn’t been appointed to the Senate, a parliamentary office, a board, or commission by the time they complete their inquiries.

    Safe as houses.

  8. That’s just so wrong. She has no business deferring the question of ethics to the RCMP. They are there to do a criminal investigation and has nothing to do with ethics. She is the Ethics Commissioner and as such has a mandate to be looking into this on that aspect. That’s her job after all!