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Cash for access fundraising law should be widened, says ethics commissioner

Cash for access fundraising law should be widened, says ethics commissioner
From CBC - October 17, 2017

Proposed legislation designed to curb political cash for access fundraisers should be amended to include parliamentary secretaries to cabinet ministers, says Canada's ethics watchdog.

Testifying before members of the procedure and House affairs committee, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson said Bill C-50 does not go far enough.

"I welcome the move to make all party leaders and leadership contestants, and not just ministers, subject to the new advertising and reporting regime," Dawson told MPs.

"Bill C-50 does not cover parliamentary secretaries, who are subject to the Conflict of Interest Act as reporting public office holders. The committee may wish to consider this omission."

Dawson's comments come as the committee was wrapping up its hearings on legislation that will require parties to disclose information such as cabinet ministers and party leaders who will be attending party fundraising events with tickets worth more than $200, the dates of those events, thevenues and the names of those who attended.

The committee moves to clause-by-clause study of the bill on Thursday.

The legislation was introduced in May in the wake of controversy over pricey $1,500 a head fundraising events featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or other influential cabinet ministers.

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