Quebec’s Minister of the Economy must be banned from the House: ethics commissioner
MONTREAL – Quebec’s Minister of the Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, must be banned from sitting in the House, the Ethics Commissioner of the National Assembly announced in her report on Wednesday.
If he wants to keep his seat, he must divest his stakes in two companies, ImmerVision and White Star Capital Canada, according to the report.
Commissioner Ariane Mignolet was tasked with examining possible breaches of the code of ethics by the minister, including conflicts of interest.
Last December, after a long investigation, Mignolet concluded that the minister had committed multiple ethical breaches and should be sanctioned by the National Assembly. The government did not approve the recommendation.
The commissioner argues that Fitzgibbon has refused to comply with the code, despite ongoing violations.
“It is the responsibility of the elected to comply with the code,” she said. “When you’re a member of the National Assembly, that’s one thing. When you are a minister, it is quite another. It is normal that it is more strict.
Fitzgibbon was absent from the House on Wednesday when he was supposed to be present.
– This report by La Presse Canadienne was first published in French on June 2, 2021.