Integrity Commissioner Lynn Morrison today released her report into a complaint regarding Laurie Scott, Member of Provincial Parliament for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. The complaint was filed by Phil McNeely, MPP for Ottawa-Orléans, under section 30 of the Members’ Integrity Act, 1994.
The investigation examined one key issue: did Ms. Scott contravene Ontario parliamentary convention when an event sponsored by her riding association was posted to her constituency website.
The Commissioner found that Ms. Scott did contravene parliamentary convention. However, she also noted that Ms. Scott took immediate action to remove the item in question, and also asked the Office of the Integrity Commissioner to conduct a training session for her staff.
“Although there was a contravention, Ms. Scott quickly acknowledged the error and took immediate corrective actions to minimize the risk of a similar mistake occurring again,” the Commissioner wrote. “She has also taken responsibility for the conduct and offered an apology. I therefore recommend no penalty.”
Parliamentary convention is a unique feature of the Act, finding its core principles in the preamble. The full report can be found at www.oico.on.ca under MPP Integrity.
An Officer of the Legislative Assembly, the Integrity Commissioner is independent of government.
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Cathryn Motherwell, Director