Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion quitsFebruary 14, 2023
Federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion is stepping down later this month due to persistent well being points, ending a five-year run within the submit.
Mr. Dion introduced his exit in an announcement on Tuesday, saying he’ll depart on Feb. 21. There are two years left in his seven-year time period.
His announcement arrived the identical day as his newest report, which concludes that Liberal MP Greg Fergus, the parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, breached the Battle of Curiosity Act by writing a letter to Canada’s broadcast regulator in assist of a tv channel’s software for necessary carriage.
“The function of Commissioner is a becoming one from which to retire after 43 years of public service. Regrettably, I can not proceed to discharge the obligations of the place due to persistent well being points,” Mr. Dion stated in his assertion.
He didn’t elaborate on his well being points. In 2019, he took a depart of absence that he attributed to “medical causes.”
“It’s my hope that I’ve contributed in some measure to transparency and accountability in assist of Canadian democracy,” Mr. Dion added.
“These in public workplace have a sacred obligation to all the time act within the curiosity of the general public they serve. I commend regulatees for taking their obligations beneath the battle of curiosity regimes significantly and dealing with the Workplace to realize and keep compliance.”
As an unbiased officer of Parliament, the ethics commissioner administers the Battle of Curiosity Act, in addition to the Battle of Curiosity Code for MPs. Mr. Dion stated in his assertion that many MPs have used coaching alternatives supplied by his workplace.
“Their willingness to study and observe the foundations confirms my perception that the overwhelming majority are sincere individuals who wish to do the precise factor,” he stated.
However in a information launch accompanying his report on Mr. Fergus, Mr. Dion stated he has noticed senior officers performing in ways in which make them seem unaware of their moral obligations.
His report recommends that the federal government think about mandating that each one ministers and parliamentary secretaries obtain coaching from his workplace.
Throughout Mr. Dion’s time as commissioner, he made assessments of the conduct of Mr. Trudeau, former finance minister Invoice Morneau and others.
Mr. Dion turned ethics commissioner in 2018 after a profession that included posts on the Justice Division, the Privy Council Workplace and the Nationwide Parole Board, the place he was chair. Previous to his appointment as commissioner, he was chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board.
In an announcement, Melanie Rushworth, the communications director for the commissioner, stated Mr. Dion had suggested the Privy Council late final yr of his have to retire for medical causes.
She stated she couldn’t touch upon what number of information shall be left open when Mr. Dion departs.
Mr. Dion’s predecessor was Mary Dawson, the primary ethics commissioner. She served from 2007 to January, 2018.
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