October 21, 2016
Integrity Commissioner J. David Wake today released his report into a complaint regarding David Orazietti, then Minister of Government and Consumer Services and currently Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The complaint was filed by Jim McDonell, Member of Provincial Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, under section 30 of the Members’ Integrity Act, 1994.
The Commissioner found that Minister Orazietti did not breach the Act.
“The basis for Mr. McDonell’s request was a Ministry Briefing Note that was inadvertently released to his office,” the Commissioner said in his report. “The Briefing Note identified five candidates that were purportedly appointed by the Minister. In fact, only three of these individuals were actually appointed by the Minister. I found no evidence that the Minister advanced his private interest or improperly furthered the interest of any other person while making these three appointments. With respect to the remaining two individuals, one of them was not appointed because they chose to withdraw. The other individual was not selected by the Minister, but it appears that there was a misunderstanding within the Ministry as to the Minister’s intention about this application. Accordingly, it is my opinion that the Minister did not breach the Act.”
The full report can be found at www.oico.on.ca under MPP Integrity. The Commissioner is not available for interviews.
About the OIC
The Office of the Integrity Commissioner has five key responsibilities: members’ integrity, ministers’ staff ethical conduct, lobbyists registration, disclosure of wrongdoing (whistle-blowing) and expenses review for Cabinet Ministers, opposition leaders, and selected agencies.
An Officer of the Legislative Assembly, the Integrity Commissioner is independent of government.
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