iPolitics AM: Ethics committee to probe conflict-of-interest rules

ALSO TODAY: Industry committee hears from tourism, hospitality sectors — McKenna, Duclos hit the ministerial circuit

Amid a fresh wave of politically charged anticipation of the imminent release of thousands of pages of previously secret internal documents related to the WE Charity controversy — which, as Canadian Press reports, the government dutifully deposited with the House FINANCE committee over the weekend, but are now undergoing final review by “committee lawyers … to prevent the release of protected information” — the ETHICS committee is set to begin its own deep dive into the now-nixed deal to put WE in charge of divvying up nearly one billion dollars in federal funding for student volunteers.

As per the opposition-initiated motion adopted last month, the committee will examine the “safeguards in place to prevent conflicts of interest in federal government expenditure policies,” which is, of course, exactly what both Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bill Morneau have been accused of creating by failing to recuse themselves from the decision by cabinet to sign off on the contract.

Among the expert witnesses expected to testify today: Former ethics commissioner Mary Dawson, who will share her perspective via webcam this evening. (5:30-7 p.m.)

Before hearing from the one-time conflict-of-interest watchdog, the committee will hold back-to-back panel discussions with Democracy Watch co-founder Duff Conacher, Ted Rogers School of Management associate professor Chris MacDonald and Ethics Practitioners’ Association of Canada former president Roger Czerny. (1:30-5:30 p.m.)

ALSO ON THE VIRTUAL COMMITTEE CIRCUIT

After retreating behind closed doors for an hour to review the latest draft of their report on fraud calls, INDUSTRY members will resume their ongoing monitoring of Canada’s response to the pandemic with a web discussion of the state of Canada’s tourism and hospitality sectors, which will include presentations from the Hotel Association of Canada, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, Festivals and Major Events Canada and Meetings Mean Business Canada, as well as the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec and Association Restauration Québec. (12:15-2:00 p.m.)

Over at HUMAN RESOURCES, MPs will get an update on the impact of COVID-19 on home ownership and affordable housing from Mortgage Professionals Canada CEO Paul Taylor and senior executives from Homeward Trust Edmonton, as well as Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU) coordinator Marie-José Corriveau and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc.(2:00-4:00 p.m.)

OUTSIDE THE PRECINCT

Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna teams up with her Ontario counterpart Laurie Scott, Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson and local Liberal MP Mark Gerretsen to unveil fresh federal support for “active transportation” within the city during a mid-morning appearance in Springer Market Square.

Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos drops by the headquarters of Quebec-based mineral processor Corem to outline new funding for a “clean-technology project in the mining sector.”

Elsewhere in the province, Bloc Québécois MP Xavier Barsalou-Duval calls for new measures to preserve the shores of Saint-Laurent from erosion.

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