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Letter to the Editor, Globe&Mail, re nationalization of Trans Mountain, May 31,2018

The Government of Canada announced on May 29, 2018, that it would purchase Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project for $4.5 billion. In a letter to the Editor, The Globe and Mail, published May 31, 2018, I called on the Government to make full disclosure of the agreement with Kinder Morgan and to reveal the advice it received that the purchase price was fair from a financial point of view and the basis on which that price was determined.

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Weak Governance in Ottawa is behind Morneau’s Mess

The failure of successive governments in Ottawa to enact effective and transparent conflict of interest laws for elected and appointed public office holders is offensive to the public’s trust in the integrity of responsible government. The Globe and Mail published my opinion piece on this subject on November 2, 2017, under the caption, “Weak Governance in Ottawa is behind Morneau’s mess.” That publication is attached.

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CAISSE DE DÉPÔT ET PLACEMENT DU QUÉBEC AND THE QUÉBEC GOVERNMENT

There is substantial merit to the preliminary finding of the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Bombardier-Boeing trade dispute that the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is an “authority” of the Quebec government. After discussions with the then Premier ot Québec, the Caisse intervened in 2000 to block the merger of Rogers Communications and Vidéotron, and then financed the purchase of Vidéotron by the Québec authorities selected buyer, Pierre Karl Péledeau. My Letter to the Editor, The Globe and Mail, published October 09, 2017, is attached.

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IN DEFENCE OF THE OSC

Criticism of the Ontario Securities Commission’s intervention in the Home Capital affair is misguided and misinformed.

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THE NIGEL WRIGHT REPORT

The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner recently found that Nigel Wright contravened two important prohibitions in the Conflict of Interest Act in his activities as Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister’s Office in the Duffy-Wright Affair. See my commentary on the Commissioner’s findings and the outcomes of the Duffy-Wright Affair.

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