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MP Bergen Speaks on Liberal Cash for Access Fundraising Practises

Candice Bergen News

November 4, 2016

Yesterday, the Conservative Official Opposition led the debate on a motion to allow the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner to oversee and enforce requirements for Ministers to not engage in "cash for access” fundraising practices.  MP Bergen had the opportunity to speak on the issue.

"There seems to be a pattern with the Liberals.  They say what the media would like to hear. They say what they think will sell well on social media. They do a very good job of that” said Candice Bergen. "Then, in action, they do the exact opposite. We have seen that over and over again.”

The Conservative Motion said "That, in the opinion of the House, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner should be granted the authority to oversee and enforce the directives to Ministers listed in Open and Accountable Government in order to end the current practice of "cash-for-access” by ensuring there is no preferential access to government, or appearance of preferential access, accorded to individuals or organizations because they have made financial contributions to politicians or political parties.”

"Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is right to do.  Requiring big donations to get access to cabinet Ministers is just plain wrong” concluded Bergen.