Today in Politics: NDP Motion on Finance Minister

Today in Politics: NDP Motion on Finance Minister

UPDATED October 23, 2017 2:59pmET

It’s an opposition day in the House of Commons, with an NDP motion on the order paper concerning Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s personal assets:

That, given the Minister of Finance:

(a) after being elected to Parliament in 2015, led Canadians to believe that he had placed his shares in Morneau Shepell into a blind trust, while never having done so;

(b) used a loophole in the Conflict of Interest Act to place his shares in a private numbered company instead of divesting them or placing them in a blind trust;

(c) on October 19, 2016, sponsored Bill C-27, An Act to amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985, a bill that would reasonably be expected to profit Morneau Shepell and the Minister of Finance in light of his continued ownership of shares in Morneau Shepell through a company he controls;

(d) was and remains in charge of regulating the pension industry in which he has had a personal economic interest; and

(e) has failed to live up to the ethical standards set forth by the Prime Minister in his mandate letter to the Minister;

the House call on the Minister of Finance to apologize to the House and to Canadians for breaking their trust, and the House call on the government to immediately close the loopholes in the Conflict of Interest Act as recommended by the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, in order to prevent a Minister of the Crown from personally benefiting from their position or creating the perception thereof.

NDP MPs commented on their motion earlier today, while Morneau remained a target during question period:

Meanwhile, MPs also have with more second-reading debate on Bill C-344.

In committee:

  • The Commons heritage committee continues to consider Motion M-103.
  • The justice committee hears more testimony on Bill C-51.
  • MPs on the indigenous affairs committee visit Yellowknife for a hearing on the land claims process. Several First Nations chiefs are slated to testify, along with Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod.

-Andrew Thomson

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