MORNEAU THREATENING LEGAL ACTION OVER PC's CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST ALLEGATIONS
Nov 28, 2017
By Bob Komsic
The federal finance minister’s about had it.
Bill Morneau is threatening to take the Conservatives to court after Tory MPs accused him in the Commons of selling off stock before introducing pension legislation.
(Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre says a motion Morneau introduced in December 2015 to raise income taxes on the highest earners, caused the stock market to drop, including the price of Morneau Shepell shares; 680,000 of which Morneau allegedly sold off a week before the announcement.
The finance minister calls such insinuations ”absurd” with ”no basis in any sort of fact.”
He’s daring the Tories to step outside.
”I am saying absolutely that if the members take the allegations that they’re making inside the House, outside the House, they will absolutely be hearing how the legal system works from me.”
MPs are granted protection against civil or criminal liability for actions or statements made in the Commons.
Ethics and Conflict of Interest Commissioner Mary Dawson is investigating Morneau to determine if he was in a conflict-of-interest when he sponsored the pension reform legislation.