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Today Ches Crosbie, Leader of the PC Party and PC Candidate in the district of Windsor Lake, is calling for a meeting of the House of Assembly Management Commission to provide updates on the investigations into alleged misconduct by Members...
Monday, August 27, 2018

St. John’s, NL (August 27, 2018) – Today Ches Crosbie, Leader of the PC Party and PC Candidate in the district of Windsor Lake, is calling for a meeting of the House of Assembly Management Commission to provide updates on the investigations into alleged misconduct by Members of the House of Assembly.  

“It is important that we hold politicians responsible for inappropriate behaviour. The on-going investigations concerning the conduct of Members of the House of Assembly are matters of public interest, and many questions remain about this process,” said Crosbie

“That is why PC MHAs have today submitted a letter to the Honourable Perry Trimper, Chair of the House of Assembly Management Commission, requesting that the Commission be convened at the earliest opportunity so these questions can be addressed.”

The letter was submitted by Paul Davis, MHA for Topsail-Paradise, and Keith Hutchings, MHA for Ferryland, who are the PC representatives on the Management Commission.  

On May 2, the Commissioner for the Legislative Standards issued a news release stating that he would be commencing two separate investigations into the conduct of members. Under Section 38(4) of the House of Assembly Accountability, Integrity and Administration Act, the Commissioner must report no later than 90 days after the beginning of the inquiry. 90 days has now elapsed since the Commissioner’s release.

The Management Commission have not met since May 30, where the Commissioner appeared to discuss the process he intended to undertake. However, Crosbie believes that not all issues related to this investigative process have been addressed, and that a meeting could provide a needed update from the Commissioner.

“It is imperative that the public fully understand, and have confidence in, the investigative process used by the Commissioner for Legislative Standards. Similarly, it is imperative that all members of the House have confidence in the process – especially those who have filed a complaint, and those whose conduct has been subject of a complaint,” added Crosbie

“A meeting of the Management Commission at the earliest opportunity will allow members to discuss uncertainties with the Commissioner and better understand what has been done. I look forward to this occurring as soon as possible.”

Contact: Media@ChesCrosbie.ca, (709) 222-9092

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