- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE CHRISTY CLARK, MLA FOR KELOWNA-WESTSIDE AND PREMIER, BREACHED THE MEMBERS’ CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY ATTENDING “EXCLUSIVE” FUNDRAISING EVENTS FOR THE BC LIBERAL PARTY AND RECEIVING A LEADER’S ALLOWANCE FROM THE BC LIBERAL PARTY.
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE WILLIAM BENNETT, MLA FOR KOOTENAY EAST AND MINISTER OF ENERGY AND MINES AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR CORE REVIEW BREACHED THE MEMBERS’ CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY NOT RECUSING HIMSELF FROM DISCUSSIONS RELATING TO THE 2014 WILDLIFE ALLOCATION POLICY.
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE PAT PIMM, MLA FOR PEACE RIVER NORTH, BREACHED THE MEMBERS’ CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY MAKING REPRESENTATIONS ON BEHALF OF A CONSTITUENT IN A MATTER BEFORE THE AGRICULTURAL LAND COMMISSION, EITHER IN HIS CAPACITY AS MLA OR AS MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.
- WHETHER A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY HAD AN OBLIGATION UNDER THE MEMBERS’ CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT TO DISCLOSE A PAST BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WHICH HAD ENDED PRIOR TO THE MEMBER’S ELECTION AS AN MLA.
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE CHRISTY CLARK, MLA AND PREMIER WAS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE MEMBERS’ CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY ALLEGEDLY FAILING TO RECUSE HERSELF FROM CERTAIN CABINET MEETINGS. (OPINION GIVEN BY GERALD L. GERRAND, Q.C.)
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE CHRISTY CLARK, MLA AND PREMIER, WAS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE MEMBERS’ CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY RECEIVING COMPLIMENTARY HOCKEY TICKETS TO THE STANLEY CUP FINALS
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE CHRISTY CLARK, MLA AND PREMIER, BREACHED THE MEMBERS’ CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT IN THE COURSE OF HER BY-ELECTION CAMPAIGN
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE GORDON CAMPBELL, MLA AND PREMIER, BREACHED THE MEMBERS’ CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY ALLEGEDLY MISAPPROPRIATING PUBLIC FUNDS FOR HIS PERSONAL BENEFIT BY FAILING TO DISCLOSE PERSONAL BENEFITS IN RELATION TO HIS ATTENDANCE AT AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE GORDON CAMPBELL, MLA AND PREMIER, ADVANCED HIS PRIVATE INTERESTS BY SIGNING ORDERS-IN-COUNCIL THAT ALLEGEDLY BENEFITED AN ENERGY COMPANY IN WHICH HE AND HIS WIFE OWNED SHARES IN AN ACCOUNT WHERE INVESTMENTS WERE MADE SOLELY IN THE DISCRETION OF THEIR BROKER
- WHETHER THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BREACHED THE POST-EMPLOYMENT PROVISIONS OF THE MEMBERS’ CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY ALLEGEDLY CREATING OR FACILITATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR A FORMER MEMBER, GRAHAM BRUCE, TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT ON BEHALF OF THE COWICHAN TRIBES
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE RICH COLEMAN, MLA AND MINISTER OF FORESTS AND RANGE, WAS IN AN APPARENT CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN RELATION TO MAKING TWO DISCRETIONARY DECISIONS THAT, AT THE TIME THEY WERE MADE, BENEFITED A FORESTRY COMPANY WHICH THEN EMPLOYED HIS BROTHER
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE GORDON CAMPBELL, MLA AND PREMIER, WAS IN A CONFLICT OF INTEREST BY MAKING AN ORDER IN COUNCIL DECISION INVOLVING ALCAN, AT A TIME WHEN HE OWNED SHARES IN ALCAN THROUGH HIS RRSP TRUST PLAN HOLDINGS
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE PAT BELL, MLA AND MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND LANDS, ADVANCED HIS PRIVATE INTEREST AS A MEMBER OF A SNOWMOBILING CLUB BY INTERVENING IN A LAND USE DECISION AFFECTING SNOWMOBILERS’ ACCESS TO A RECREATIONAL AREA
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE GORDON CAMPBELL, MLA AND PREMIER, USED HIS INFLUENCE TO BENEFIT A RELATIVE (THE SPOUSE OF A COUSIN-IN-LAW) IN RELATION TO THE APPOINTMENT OF A DEPUTY MINISTER, THE AWARDING OF CONTRACTS TO THE RELATIVE, AND THE FORGIVENESS OF CERTAIN DEBTS OWED BY THE RELATIVE TO THE GOVERNMENT
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE STAN HAGEN, MLA AND MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, WAS IN A POSITION TO PROVIDE BENEFITS TO FISH FARM COMPANIES WHICH HAD CONTRIBUTED TO HIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE JOHN VAN DONGEN, MLA AND MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND FISHERIES, WAS IN A CONFLICT OF INTEREST BY PROVIDING INPUT INTO AGRICULTURAL REZONING ISSUES IN AN AREA WHERE HIS BROTHER AND SISTER OWNED FARMS
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE SINDI HAWKINS, MLA AND MINISTER OF HEALTH PLANNING, WAS IN A REAL OR APPARENT CONFLICT OF INTEREST BY AWARDING A CONTRACT TO A FIRM WHOSE OWNER HAD POLITICAL AND PERSONAL CONNECTIONS TO THE MINISTER
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE GLEN CLARK, MLA AND PREMIER, INFLUENCED A DECISION TO GRANT APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE FOR A CASINO LICENSE TO A FRIEND WHO HAD PROVIDED FREE LABOUR FOR RENOVATION WORK DONE ON THE PREMIER’S PROPERTIES (REPORT TABLED ON NOVEMBER 19, 2002).
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE GORDON WILSON, MLA, BREACHED THE MEMBERS’ CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY FAILING TO DISCLOSE A DEBT WHICH HE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE MICHAEL DE JONG, MLA, BREACHED THE MEMBERS’ CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY FAILING TO DISCLOSE THAT THE BC LIBERAL PARTY HAD PAID AN UNDISCLOSED SUM OF MONEY TO SETTLE A DEFAMATION SUIT ON HIS BEHALF
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE MOE SIHOTA, MLA AND MINISTER OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, BREACHED THE MEMBERS’ CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY FAILING TO DISCLOSE PERSONAL BENEFITS HE RECEIVED FROM SKI RESORT OPERATORS WHILE CARRYING OUT OFFICIAL DUTIES AS MINISTER
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE CATHY MCGREGOR, MLA AND MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, LANDS AND PARKS, THE HONOURABLE CORKY EVANS, MLA AND MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, AND THE HONOURABLE GLEN CLARK, MLA AND PREMIER, ATTEMPTED TO INFLUENCE A DECISION IN RELATION TO A PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT IN ORDER TO FURTHER THEIR PRIVATE INTERESTS
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE PAUL RAMSEY, MLA, IMPROPERLY INFLUENCED THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO GRANT A LOAN TO A COMPANY WHICH HAD CONTRIBUTED TO HIS RECALL DEFENCE FUND
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE MOE SIHOTA, MLA AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS, CONTRAVENED THE MEMBERS’ CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY PARTICIPATING IN DECISIONS TO APPOINT AND LATER REAPPOINT A PERSON TO THE BOARD OF BC HYDRO, SEVERAL MONTHS AFTER HE HAD RECEIVED FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THAT PERSON
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE MOE SIHOTA, MLA, BREACHED THE MEMBERS’ CONFLICT OF INTEREST ACT BY FAILING TO DISCLOSE A DEBT HE ALLEGEDLY OWED TO A FORMER CLIENT
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE MICHAEL HARCOURT, MLA, AND PREMIER, WAS IN AN APPARENT CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN RELATION TO GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS BEING AWARDED TO A COMPANY WHOSE PRESIDENT HAD A LONGSTANDING PERSONAL AND POLITICAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PREMIER
- WHETHER IT WAS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST FOR THE HONOURABLE MICHAEL DE JONG, MLA, AS A MEMBER OF THE LEGAL SERVICES SOCIETY AND A LEGAL AID LAWYER, TO PARTICIPATE IN DEBATES AND VOTE ON AMENDMENTS TO THE LEGAL SERVICES SOCIETY ACT
- WHETHER THE HONOURABLE DAVID ZIRNHELT, MLA AND MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD, USED INFORMATION GAINED FROM A CONSTITUENT TO FURTHER HIS PRIVATE INTEREST IN RELATION TO A PROPERTY TRANSACTION
- WHETHER IT WOULD BE A REAL OR APPARENT CONFLICT OF INTEREST FOR THE HONOURABLE ROBIN BLENCOE, MLA AND MINISTER OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS, RECREATION AND HOUSING, TO MAKE A DECISION IN RELATION TO A LARGE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, WHEN TWO INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT HAD RECENTLY MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO HIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN
- Sponsored Travel Bulletin
- Union Club Guest Membership
- Letters of Reference and Support
- Accepting and Disclosing Gifts – A Guide for Members – The Guide is in booklet format. To print, choose double-sided printing and select “short edge” or “flip pages up”.
- Members’ Guide to Accepting Gifts During the 2010 Olympic Games
- Ethics Bulletin No. 4 – Procedure on Conflict of Interest
- Ethics Bulletin No. 3 – Members’ Travel
- Ethics Bulletin No. 2 – Use of Constituents’ Names, Addresses, Email Addresses and Telephone Numbers for Party Political Purposes
- Ethics Bulletin No. 1 – Post-Employment
- Material Change Guidelines
- Complimentary Memberships and Passes
- Membership, Directorship, Office or Patron in Charitable/Non-profit/Social/Community Organizations
- Correspondence dated April 16, 2013 to John Cummins
- Correspondence dated March 18, 2013 to John Cummins
- Correspondence dated March 12, 2013 from John Cummins
- February 13, 2013 – Paul D.K. Fraser, Q.C.
- January 25, 2013 – Paul D.K. Fraser, Q.C.
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.