Uh oh ... did not think that one through:
Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson: I have no had an official request from the PM to investigate anything relating to Ms. Guergis.
Anna Maria Tremonti, The Current: Who has requested then, if he hasn't?
MD: I haven't had any request.
AMT: From anyone?
MD: No. Um..
AMT: So when you say you decided not to...
MD: I have also got the power to self-initiate if I feel I've got reasonable grounds, but I have very little information at this time.
AMT: So you're saying you don't have enough information to decide to go ahead. Where would you get that information that you need to decide.
MD: Well I'm monitoring the situation by watching news reports and whatnot, but I have a responsibility, basically... the reason why that notice, that press release went out is that it was in the public domain and I have to consider the person that a complaint is made about. Once it was out in the public domain, I had to let her know what the situation was. Umm. So.
AMT: But you're telling me you're getting the information the way the rest of us are?
MD: Uh, well, I've had one referral from the PM, but it wasn't an official request.
AMT: What's the difference?
MD: The difference is I have to have reasonable grounds and I have to have a section of the Act or the Code - and it could be either - indicated, with respect to what it is I'm to investigate. And I don't have either of those things.
Just read the whole thing. It gets better.