Excerpt from the Official Report of
DEBATES OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

(Hansard)


April 9, 2014

Introduction of Bill M209 — Members' Conflict of Interest Amendment Act

S. Simpson presented a bill intituled Members' Conflict of Interest Amendment Act, 2014.

S. Simpson: I move that a bill intituled Members' Conflict of Interest Amendment Act, of which notice has been given in my name on the order paper, be introduced and now read for a first time.

Motion approved.

S. Simpson: I'm pleased to introduce the Members' Conflict of Interest Amendment Act. British Columbians rightly expect politicians, their appointees and senior executive members of Crown corporations and government agencies to conduct themselves with the highest ethical standard and carry out their duties in the public interest.

The Members' Conflict of Interest Amendment Act, which will rename the legislation to the conflict-of-interest act, seeks to address this. This bill establishes more stringent conflict-of-interest laws to restore public confidence and promote greater accountability.

This bill broadens the scope of conflict-of-interest laws and establishes cooling-off periods for ministerial staff, former Deputy Ministers and advisers, as well as senior executive members of Crown corporations and government agencies. This will ensure that these parties, including the CEOs of Crown corporations, do not improperly benefit from their office.

Finally, this bill also requires members of cabinet, parliamentary secretaries and Deputy Ministers to place their assets in a blind trust for as long as they hold that position.

The opposition has put forward similar legislation in the past. However, given recent events, it is being introduced once again in hopes that the government will finally take action to toughen up conflict-of-interest laws in British Columbia.

I move that this bill be placed on the orders of the day for second reading at the next sitting after today.

Bill M209, Members' Conflict of Interest Amendment Act, 2014, introduced, read a first time and ordered to be placed on orders of the day for second reading at the next sitting of the House after today.

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