PM guilty of ethics breach

I had written my MP Report for today, and then we had some breaking news.
We learned, in a report released by Mary Dawson, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been found guilty of four violations of the Conflict of Interest Act.
The various conflict violations are related to a vacation that the Trudeau family and friends took on a private island owned by the Aga Khan in December 2016.
Ultimately, this relates to the fact that the Aga Khan Foundation is a registered lobbyist that receives millions of dollars in funding each year from the federal government. The Conflict of Interest Act is intended to ensure that elected officials do not personally benefit from their position of public office.
With the prime minister and also the finance minister recently being found in violation of the Conflict of Interest Act, I am often asked, what is the penalty?
The penalty for being found in violation of the Conflict of Interest Act is a fine that has a maximum of up to $500.
My question for this week:

  • Do you believe that the fine for a violation of the Conflict of Interest Act is sufficient at $500 or should it be higher or something else, other than money?

Now, on to my original report.
I would like to take a moment to thank the residents of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.
We share a large, diverse and beautiful region. The one constant is the friendliness of the people and the level of interaction and engagement, that from my perspective, is very high.
It is truly an honour to represent you and raise your issues of importance in Ottawa.
Recently, I was able to bring forward the challenges single parents, most often mothers, were having in dealing with the Canadian Revenue Agency in obtaining Canada Child Benefits.

I asked the minister of National Revenue about this in Question Period and have since been interviewed by CBC. This has now become a national story with wide reaching implications.
I credited the minister’s office recently for resolving some of these issues, which will ensure some households will have a far more meaningful holiday season.
When an issue can be raised by opposition and the government can respond in a positive manner, it is an example that our democracy is working and for that we shall all be thankful.
On that note, I would like to sincerely wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Best wishes for a prosperous 2018 and a special thank you to our armed forces and first responders for the ongoing work that they do on our behalf.


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Dan Albas, Conservative member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, is the shadow minister of innovation, science, economic development and internal trade, and sits on the standing committee on finance.

Before entering public life, Dan was the owner of Kick City Martial Arts, responsible for training hundreds of men, women and youth to bring out their best.

In British Columbia, Dan has been consistently one of the lowest spending MPs on office and administration related costs despite operating two offices to better serve local constituents.

Dan is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s top 10 most active members of Parliament on Twitter (@danalbas) and continues to write a weekly column published in many local newspapers and on this website.

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