Update on MPs Selling Cars.

I received this today in response to my complaint to the Ethics Commissioner regarding Wajid Kahn: (Being an MP sells more cars? Oct. 28, 2007)

On behalf of the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, we thank you for your e-mail.

Indeed, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner has the responsibility of administering the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons, as well as the Conflict of Interest Act in relation to Public Office Holders, as set out in the Parliament of Canada Act.

In response to your e-mail regarding Mr. Wajid Khan’s Mazda dealership, we would like to point out section 7 of the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons which reads:

7. Nothing in this Code prevents Members who are not ministers of the Crown or parliamentary secretaries from any of the following, as long as they are able to fulfill their obligations under this Code:

(a) engaging in employment or in the practice of a profession;
(b) carrying on a business;
(c) being a director or officer in a corporation, association, trade union or non-profit organization; and
(d) being a partner in a partnership.

As Mr. Khan has not contravened any provision of the Code, our office will not intervene in this matter. For further information, we invite you to consult the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons on the following website: http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/process/house/standingorders/appa1-e.htm, or http://www.parl.gc.ca/ciec-ccie/en/, for general information about our office.

The Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner

Apparently, as long as Mr. Kahn remains a backbencher it’s OK for him to keep on advertising.

Personally I think this is wrong. Being a Member of Parliament carries with it a certain amount of influence in your riding. It seems to me that by appearing in radio ads promoting a business that you can’t help but cash in on that influence. The bar needs to be set high for our elected representatives, and, to my eyes at least, it seems that the bar is not yet set high enough.

I would like to thank the Ethics Commissioner for getting back to me in such a prompt manner. Frankly I had very low expectations. I’m glad to see that at least one department in Ottawa is doing its job.

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2 Responses to “Update on MPs Selling Cars.”

  1. val says:

    Coolness. It is indeed a testament to the quality of staff that they got back to you so quickly.

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