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View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
A visitor, that sounds so “stranger in the House” and somehow intimidating.
Commissioner, it's nice to see you. I'm glad you have returned and I hope your health is well.
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
You have important work to do on behalf of Canadians, but we are people too and I'm glad to see you back and on the job.
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
I had some similar questions as to the outstanding reports. I guess three out of the four have been identified. We will wait with bated breath to find out what the fourth one was.
I have one small question. Has your senior counsel had to recuse herself—I believe her name is Ms. Richard—from one of the ongoing investigations?
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
Can you remind me of section 9? This was the focus of the report and the potential violation that your office detailed when—
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
Right, because in that matter of Trudeau, the question of inappropriate pressure has been sometimes at the heart of other conversations. Section 9 doesn't really deal with that aspect or any interpretation of what is inappropriate. It's simply the seeking to influence. Is that right?
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
Okay.
Can you explain something? Some Canadians have asked me about dealing with ethics and violations of the ethics act under a scenario in which someone, say Mr. Erskine-Smith, received a lovely painting from somebody who was seeking to influence him and it was deemed by your office to be inappropriate.
Would a normal recourse be for an MP in that position to return the gift that was deemed inappropriate or in violation of the ethics act?
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
I would never suggest that Mr. Erskine-Smith would ever even receive such a thing, but let's go further.
If somebody having dealings with the government were then to offer travel and it had some monetary value, expensive travel as was the case with the Aga Khan, I'm not understanding why.... There is no return of the gift because you can't. It's an experience, a trip, but certainly there's the value of the gift if the office holder had gone out and simply purchased that gift, purchased that travel, which would have been more appropriate, rather than receiving a gift.
Why do we not have within the act the notion that, as in the case of the painting that was received illegally, for a gift in the form of a sponsored trip that was also deemed to be inappropriate or illegal, the value of that trip would also have to be compensated for?
Am I making myself clear? I know it may be a too commonsensical kind of approach, but what's the difference?
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
In the first example I used, if an MP were to receive a painting or some gift that you can foresee, you can advise them that they should return the gift if it was received inappropriately. You can't order it. Is that correct?
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
Did you at any point advise Mr. Trudeau that he should compensate for the travel that was sponsored and that was deemed to be unethical or illegal?
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
For Canadians—
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
You can understand where Canadians get confused. If something was given illegally or unethically, say in the form of a trip, it just would seem to make common sense that if it was done inappropriately, whether it was disclosed or not, but it was eventually found out.... What's the difference between a $10,000 sponsored trip or someone just giving you $10,000 to take a trip? If somebody handed a politician an envelope with $10,000 in it—heaven forbid—to try to win some influence with them, and then they use that money to take their family on vacation, what's the difference? Under the code, is there any difference between those two scenarios?
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NDP (BC)
View Nathan Cullen Profile
NDP (BC)
Understood.
Again, I go back to your timeline on the current investigation. I think you responded to a colleague's question that it would not be by mid-June but within the next few months. That places it sometime within the summer range, give or take. I know you can't be specific with the date and you said you have some outstanding interviews to conduct.
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NDP (BC)
You said you were getting ready for the election. Is there any particular area, in terms of the act or the code, that you foresee being a focal point for your work as we go into the election cycle?
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NDP (BC)
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