TheStar.com quotes Ottawa lawyer Guy Giorno in an article on the Opposition’s dismissal of the Liberal Government’s plan to make cash-for-access fundraisers more transparent.
Guy Giorno, a lawyer who works as integrity commissioner for several Ontario municipalities, said that he’d like to see the government do more, even if he’s glad to see a push for increased transparency.
Giorno served as chief of staff to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and said that he wasn’t reacting as a Conservative partisan.
Giorno said Ottawa’s ethics commissioner should have more power to investigate cash-for-access fundraisers.
“One way to do that, he said, is to codify in law the prime minister’s own rules, released after the 2015 election in Trudeau’s accountability principles for his government.”
These instruct members of cabinet to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.
“We do understand, in Canadian society, in western society, that transparency is a good thing,” Giorno said.
“It’s a positive step, but like every positive step, we can go further.”