Democracy Watch has several ongoing court cases challenging the appointment of, and rulings by, the federal Ethics Commissioner and Lobbying Commissioner
The new Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion, and new Lobbying Commissioner Nancy Bélanger, were handpicked by the Trudeau Cabinet at the same time the commissioners were investigating situations involving Trudeau and other Cabinet ministers.
During their time in office from 2007 to the end of 2017, both Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson and Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd let more than 80% of people who have violated the rules off the hook. Their dangerously weak enforcement let hundreds of federal politicians, government officials, and lobbyists get away with violating federal laws. You can also help call for an audit of both commissioner’s weak enforcement records by clicking here.
Your support is needed for the following cases:
- challenging former Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd’s ruling that the Aga Khan is not covered by the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct and, as a result, his Bahamas trip gift to Prime Minister Trudeau was legal;
- challenging the appointment of new Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion because Trudeau Cabinet ministers were in a conflict of interest when they made the appointment;
- challenging the appointment of new Lobbying Commissioner Nancy Bélanger because Trudeau Cabinet ministers were in a conflict of interest when they made the appointment, and;
- challenging new Lobbying Commissioner Nancy Bélanger’s ruling ending the investigation into whether Barry Sherman of Apotex Inc.’s fundraising activities for the Liberal Party violated the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct.
- challenging new Lobbying Commissioner Nancy Bélanger’s ruling that a Clearwater Seafoods shareholder and board member hosting a fundraising event in August 2014 attended by Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau did not violate the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct.
We need your help to pay the costs for all of these lawsuits – please donate now and Share and Tweet this page to spread the word to anyone you think may be interested in supporting these lawsuits.
Thank you for your support,
Duff, Josephine, Brad
and the entire Democracy Watch team
Latest News About the Cases
News Release — Democracy Watch in court today challenging PM Trudeau’s biased, secretive appointment of new Lobbying Commissioner (November 15, 2018)
News Release — Democracy Watch in court today challenging Trudeau Cabinet’s biased, secretive appointment of new Ethics Commissioner (November 14, 2018)
News Release — Trudeau Cabinet doc reveals they had qualified candidates for Ethics Commissioner and Lobbying Commissioner positions in spring 2017 (November 12, 2018)
News Release — Federal Court of Appeal ruling allows Ethics Commissioner to use conflict of interest screens to replace publicly declared recusals (October 30, 2018)
News Release — Ethics Commissioner Dawson’s rulings on PM’s & other ministers’ conflict screens, and on Finance Minister Morneau owning shares in his family’s company, heard in Federal Court of Appeal (September 6, 2018)
News Release — Democracy Watch’s lawsuit challenges Lobbying Commissioner’s ruling that investigation should not continue into former Apotex Chairman Barry Sherman’s fundraising for Trudeau Liberals (March 6, 2018)
News Release — Democracy Watch’s lawsuit challenges former Lobbying Commissioner’s ruling that Aga Khan not covered by lobbying law and code so Bahamas trip gift to PM Trudeau was legal (February 6, 2018)
News Release — Democracy Watch requests that new Lobbying Commissioner not make any decisions affecting Liberals because of bias (January 25, 2018)