Friday, May 28, 2010

None dare call it "corruption."


You will, I wager, not find a single Blogging Tory calling out Tony Clement on this:

Clement took part in a 2008 promotional video for Lord & Partners Ltd., a company that produces environmentally friendly cleaning products. The company is based in Clement's Ontario riding of Parry Sound-Muskoka.

In the video, Clement identifies himself as the minister of health, as he was at the time, and extends greetings to the people of China "on behalf of myself and the government of Canada."

And here's the fun part:

As industry minister, Clement subsequently appointed the producer of the video, longtime supporter George Young, to the Canadian Tourism Commission. Moreover, Lord & Partners this year received three federal contracts, worth a total of $41,000.

And, as we have already established, IOKIYAC.

AFTERSNARK: In that article, here's part of the apparent defense (all subsequent emphasis finger-pointingly added):

Harper was not in the Commons but his parliamentary secretary, Pierre Poilievre, stood by Clement, one of the prime minister's most seasoned ministers.

Poilievre said Clement was not involved in awarding any federal contracts to Lord & Partners. He said the company owner has never contributed to the Conservative party and that Clement did not gain financially in any way by helping to promote the company.

But that part is most emphatically not relevant, as Impolitical reproduces the appropriate legislation:

For the purposes of this Act, a public office holder is in a conflict of interest when he or she exercises an official power, duty or function that provides an opportunity to further his or her private interests or those of his or her relatives or friends or to improperly further another person’s private interests.

It certainly seems like it's that last part that would apply here, wouldn't you say?

4 comments:

Cherniak_WTF said...
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Brian Busby said...

Add to this mess the possibility of copyright infringement. The commercial opens with Vangelis' "Titles" from Chariots of Fire and closes with Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World", yet there is no mention of either in the closing credits.

Interesting when one considers that Mr. Clement is one of the ministers involved in changing our copyright laws

Cherniak_WTF said...

Well Brian, rules are for others if you are Conservative...

Alison said...

"... three untendered government contracts ..." according to Robert Fife at CTV.