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The Members’ Conflict of Interest Act – Proposed Amendments to the COI Act

In spring and summer 2012, the Select Standing Committee on Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private Bills (the “Committee”) reviewed the Members’ Conflict of Interest Act. As part of its review, the Committee held public consultations and heard presentations from expert witnesses, including the Commissioner. Our Office had the opportunity to present to the Committee and offer our suggestions for possible amendments to the Act.

  • On May 2, 2012, the Commissioner appeared before the Committee as the first witness for the statutory review and presented a written submission focussing on four main areas of potential reform (ethical conduct, plenary jurisdiction, application of the Act to other “public office holders”, and post-employment matters): Submission
  • A further written submission, canvassing several more specific topics for the Committee’s consideration, was submitted on May 31, 2012: Submission
  • At the Committee’s request, the Commissioner presented his recommendations for specific amendments and appeared before the Committee again on July 31, 2012: Submission

The Committee issued its Report on March 14, 2013, making a total of 34 recommendations. Almost all of the Commissioner’s recommendations are reflected in the Committee’s report, which is available here.