House should convene to discuss Brazil case
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says the premier should immediately re-open the House of Assembly to allow discussion on the report of the investigation into an MHA’s involvement with a community organization that received government funding to run an Adult Basic Education program.
The Commissioner for Legislative Standards’ report, released today, finds that MHA David Brazil did not “… take reasonable steps to remove himself from a conflict of interest situation in a timely manner” and filed inaccurate disclosure statements by not revealing his involvement in the inactive hockey club that was administering the program for the department of Advanced Education and Skills.
The commissioner reports to the Speaker of the House of Assembly. In order for action to be taken on the report, the members of the House must meet, debate and concur by resolution of the House of Assembly. Michael says it is important, in the interests of transparency, for the House to convene before the normal late-November sitting.
“This is the first instance of a member being found in violation of the House of Assembly Members’ Code of Conduct since the constituency allowance spending scandal that sparked the creation of the Code of Conduct in the first place,” Michael said today.
“We must treat it seriously, and deal with it in as timely a manner as possible.”