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Committee Report on inquiry of Senate Ethics Officer

Ottawa (August 25, 2014) – The Standing Senate Committee on Conflict of Interest for Senators today presented its report on the inquiry of the Senate Ethics Officer regarding the Honourable Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu: http://ow.ly/AHLOa

In accordance with the Rules of the Senate, the report was deposited with the Clerk of the Senate and will be considered by the Senate when it reconvenes in September. The final decision on the report remains with the Senate.

See the attached backgrounder for information about the process followed.

For more information, please contact:

Ceri Au
Senate Communications
613-944-9145
ceri.au@sen.parl.gc.ca


BACKGROUNDER

The process followed by the Committee was guided by Conflict of Interest Code for Senators as adopted on May 1, 2012 and which came into force on October 1, 2012.

The Inquiry

  • The Committee received an inquiry report from the Senate Ethics Officer on June 25, 2014, regarding Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu.
  • The inquiry report of the Senate Ethics Officer and the Conflict of Interest Code for Senators (2012) are available on the website of the Senate Ethics Officer: www.sen.parl.gc.ca/seo-cse

The Committee’s Consideration

  • In accordance with section 46 of the Code (2012), the Committee took into consideration the Senate Ethics Officer’s inquiry report as promptly as the circumstances permitted.
  • The Committee held two meetings on Monday, July 28 and Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
  • As part of its consideration, the Committee afforded Senator Boisvenu the opportunity to be heard, and he appeared on July 28, 2014.

The Committee’s Report

  • Having completed its consideration, the Committee is now reporting its findings to the Senate.
  • The Committee is acting on its authority to recommend remedial action or sanction.
  • According to the Rules of the Senate (rule 12-31), a report of the Committee may be deposited with the Clerk of the Senate at any time the Senate stands adjourned and the report is deemed to have been presented to the Senate for its next sitting.

The Senate

  • The Committee’s report has yet to be debated in the Senate chamber. It would be inappropriate to discuss the Committee’s findings before the Senate as a whole can consider the Committee’s report.
  • The final decision on the report remains with the Senate.

2012 vs. 2014 Code

  • The Code was recently modified in June 2014 to establish the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code for Senators. The Senate reaffirmed and strengthened its commitment to the highest standards of conduct, to require senators to adhere to high standards of personal and professional conduct in the discharge of their duties (going beyond a strict conflict of interest regime).
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