The Oliphant Inquiry – June 15, 2009 (Part 1 of 2)

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The Oliphant Inquiry – June 15, 2009 (Part 1 of 2)

Commission of Inquiry into Certain Allegations Respecting Business and Financial Dealings Between Karlheinz Schreiber and the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney

On the first day of the policy review phase of its inquiry, the Commission hears from a panel of experts on ethics rules for holders of public office and on the handling of the prime minister’s correspondence. Commission Counsel Evan Roitenberg moderates. Participants include Gregory Levine (barrister and solicitor), Paul Thomas (St. John’s College, University of Manitoba), and Lori Turnbull (Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University). Craig Forcese, the Commission’s director of research, makes opening remarks. Discussion focuses on the goals of ethics rules, adverse consequences of the regulation of ethics, the definition of “conflicts of interest,” the adequacy of existing rules governing the conduct of politicians both during and after their time in office, useful models for ethics rules in other jurisdictions, and recommended procedures for handling the prime minister’s correspondence. There are also statements by Paul Vickery (on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada), Joe Wild (Executive Director of Strategic Policy, Treasury Board Secretariat), and Duff Conacher (Counsel for Democracy Watch).