Paul D.K. Fraser, Q.C., Conflict of Interest Commissioner

Mr. Fraser has been the Province’s Conflict of Interest Commissioner since January 1, 2008. He was re-appointed to a second term as Commissioner in 2013 and reappointed to a third term on May 31, 2018. . All of the appointments were made with the unanimous approval of all Members of the Legislature.

He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and the Law School at the University of British Columbia.  The University of Winnipeg has awarded him an Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree.

Prior to his original appointment as Conflict of Interest Commissioner, he practiced law in Vancouver for many years as litigation Counsel in both civil and criminal matters.  Laterally he was a partner in the national law firm, Fraser, Milner, Casgrain LLP. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982 and was selected as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1991. He has held various elected offices in the legal profession, including National President of the Canadian Bar Association, President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, and President of the Canadian Section of the International Commission of Jurists.

His public law activities have included chairing two Federal Commissions (the Fraser Commission in 1983-85) and an Industrial Inquiry in the wake of the 1995 National Railway strike.  He has been Special Counsel to the Minister of Foreign Affairs with respect to Canada/United States Treaty matters. He was appointed as special prosecutor in British Columbia with respect to six different and significant investigations. He has given advice on various occasions to parliamentary committees of the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada and has presented as an invited speaker at National and International legal events.

He served as a senior adjudicator in the Indian Residential School ADR Process and continues to act as the Chair of the Tsawwassen First Nation Judicial Council.

His private career appointments have included serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, VIA Rail Inc., CUSO International, and the University of Winnipeg Foundation. He continues to be a member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research.

His work as BC’s Conflict of Interest Commissioner included (at the request of the Alberta Conflict of Interest Commissioner) in 2016/17, the reinvestigation of COI allegations with respect to former Premier Redford.

Commissioner’s Role

The Conflict of Interest Commissioner is an independent, non-partisan Officer of the Legislative Assembly who is responsible for impartially administering the Act.

The Commissioner has three primary roles:

  • To provide confidential advice to Members about their obligations under the Act;
  • To oversee the disclosure process, including meeting with each Member at least annually to review the disclosure of the Member’s financial interests;
  • To respond to allegation that a Member has contravened the Act, and conduct an Inquiry if warranted.

Commissioner’s Travel Expenses

Former Commissioners

The Honourable H.A.D. (Bert) Oliver, Q.C. November 26, 2002 – December 31, 2007
The Honourable H.A.D. (Bert) Oliver, Q.C. (Acting) August 2, 2002 – November 26, 2002
The Honourable H.A.D. (Bert) Oliver, Q.C. August 7, 1997 – August 2, 2002
J. Peter Meekison (Acting) May 8, 1997 – August 7, 1997
The Honourable E.N. (Ted) Hughes, Q.C. (Acting) July 19, 1996 – March 26, 1997
The Honourable E.N. (Ted) Hughes, Q.C. (Acting) April 2, 1996 – June 30, 1996
David Mitchell (Acting) March 26, 1996 – April 2, 1996
The Honourable E.N. (Ted) Hughes, Q.C. May 23, 1991 – March 26, 1996
The Honourable E.N. (Ted) Hughes, Q.C. (Acting) October 1, 1990 – May 23, 1991