Today, I delivered a letter to Ms. Lyse Ricard, the Senate Ethics Officer, formally requesting an investigation into the conduct of Senator Irving Gerstein:
“Pursuant to Section 44(2) (Request for an inquiry), of the Conflict of Interest Code for Senators, I ask that you hereby investigate the conduct of Senator Irving Gerstein since I have reasonable grounds to believe that Senator Gerstein has not complied with his obligations under Section 2(1)(b) (Principles), Section 8 (Furthering private interests), Section 9 (Use of influence) and Section 10 (Use of information) of the Code”.
Based on the Affidavit of Corporal Greg Horton, a peace officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, dated November 15, 2013 and filed with an Ontario Court, I note contradictions with public statements made by Senator Gerstein to the Convention of the Conservative Party which took place on November 2, 2013. Furthermore, I note violations of the principles of the Code of Ethics for Senators as well as Section 16 of the Parliament of Canada Act, concerning “prohibited compensation”.
I mentioned in the letter: “These facts seem to me sufficient to ask that you proceed with an investigation as Article 44(2) of the Conflict of Interest for Senators authorizes you to do.”
To conclude: “The results of the investigation requested by this letter are of primary importance as they will determine:
What the actual and specific implications are for a Senator who intervenes to counteract or interfere with the work of the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration of the Senate in order to promote the personal and financial interests of another Senator, thus creating in the eyes of the public the appearance of a conflict of interest, contrary to the obligations of the Conflict of Interest Code for Senators.”