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Ethics chief admits doing a poor job
OTTAWA – Calling it “a nightmare,” the Ethics Commissioner of the House of Commons yesterday acknowledged his office’s unacceptable and poor performance in the past year.

He also indicated he is unwilling to crack down on two unidentified members of Parliament before a possible June election, even though they are refusing to make a disclosure statement as required under new ethics rules.

Mr. Shapiro told reporters later he has not yet made a long-overdue ruling on former Cabinet minister Judy Sgro’s case. The commissioner hired a law firm to review the case and blames the delays in his decision on the complexity of the case.
He said the timing of the release will not be affected by an election.
This means Ms. Sgro may be forced to go into a federal election in the next two months with an immigration scandal still hanging over her head.

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