Anderson’s letter cleared by Ethics Commissioner

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Cypress Hills-Grasslands MP and Parliamentary Secretary, David Anderson, has received a letter from the Ethics Commissioner confirming that a recent piece of correspondence to the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Company (CRTC) was appropriate.

“I am pleased to have the Ethics Commissioner’s review. I welcome her input. I would not have written the letter if I had not been comfortable that I could represent my constituents in this matter,” Anderson stated.

The issue of Anderson's letter was brought forth in a recent Canadian Press wire article, written two weeks ago. Anderson points out that story was submitted by a reporter who asked the Ethics Commissioner if Anderson had sought permission to send out the letter. When the Commissioner replied that she had not and would look into it, Anderson notes the reporter then generated an article, with the help of a back bench NDP MP, which left readers with the impression that something improper had occurred.

“The Office of the Ethics Commissioner performs a valuable service for Parliamentarians and the public,” Anderson stated. “It is regrettable that this important work was distracted with this unnecessary media inquiry.”

Organizations: CRTC, Canadian Press, Office of the Ethics Commissioner

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