I would honestly like someone to explain to me the difference between what Mike Duffy and Nigel Wright did compared to NDP MP Pat Martin getting the green light from the Ethics Commission to have Canada’s unions pay-off his slander lawsuit:
New Democrat MP Pat Martin accepted a personal loan from the NDP and numerous donations from labour unions to help pay down debt incurred in a defamation lawsuit over the robocalls case.
Documents filed with the federal ethics commissioner by the Manitoba MP earlier this month show he accepted contributions to a legal defence fund from the Canadian Labour Congress, the United Steelworkers and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and 14 other unions or locals.
The donations are being used the repay a loan Martin received from the New Democratic Party of Canada to settle the legal case. (see here)
So either the ethic laws governing MPs are a joke or Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson is incompetent.
Update: The amounts that the NDP and unions gave Martin is a secret
The federal ethics commissioner has posted a list of 24 donors who made gifts of more than $500 to Martin’s legal defence fund — almost exclusively unions, including the Canadian Labour Congress, the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the United Steelworkers.
None of those unions answered QMI Agency’s questions about how much they gave Martin or why they decided to kick in possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of dues extracted from workers.
Martin’s filings with the ethics commissioner don’t include a value for the gifts either, and a spokeswoman for Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson says that’s just the way it is.
“There is no obligation to include the amount given,” said Jocelyn Brisebois (see here)