Ethics watchdog says she won't launch an inquiry into Guergis allegations - Metro US

Ethics watchdog says she won’t launch an inquiry into Guergis allegations

OTTAWA – The Commons ethics commissioner says she will not investigate former cabinet minister Helena Guergis based on allegations forwarded by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Mary Dawson says that, based on the information she has, she’s not in a position to proceed with an inquiry.

Such reviews fall under either the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons or the Conflict of Interest Act.

Dawson says she will continue to monitor the situation, but offered no more details because of privacy concerns.

She notes that if the RCMP investigates, as Stephen Harper requested, she would be required to suspend her activities anyway.

The Mounties have only confirmed that they were referred a matter by Harper’s office.

Harper ejected Guergis from the Conservative caucus last week, and sent letters the RCMP and Dawson’s office based on what he called serious allegations.

Nobody in government has specified what those allegations involve.

Guergis has steadfastly maintained that any allegations against her are baseless and unfair.

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