It is getting to a point where nothing Christian Paradis does should surprise us any more. Paradis has a history of providing special consideration for his riding and his friends in his position as minister.
Earlier this year Ethics Commissioner, Mary Dawson, found Paradis guilty of violating the Conflict of Interest Act for helping organize meetings for his former colleague Rahim Jaffer.
That violation was not enough to get him kicked out of Cabinet.
There are two more complaints against him waiting for a ruling from the Ethics Commissioner. He is accused of moving a employment insurance processing centre out of an NDP riding and into his own – in a building owned by his father’s business partner. The NDP has requested that the Ethics Commissioner look into that situation as well as another story that while Public Works Minister, Paradis went on a hunting trip with Marcel Aubut, a Quebec may who was trying to get money from the federal government to build a new arena in Quebec City.
Now it has been uncovered that while he was Minister of Public Works he had his staff meet with two companies from his riding – and that one of those meetings happened in his Ministerial board room.
One violation of the Conflict of Interest Act? Still okay to be in Cabinet. Two more investigations? Still good.
How many questionable decisions does the Minister have to make before it becomes embarrassing for this Prime Minister?
With Maxime Bernier, it was leaving secret documents behind at his girlfriend’s house. Bev Oda resigned, so we’ll never know if her habit of spending taxpayers money on luxuries for herself would have done it.
After moving Julian Fantino to International Development, Stephen Harper said in an interview that there would be no more shuffling of his Cabinet until the middle of his term. Let’s see how many more questionable decisions Christian Paradis can pull off before then.
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