Musings —02.21.2013 08:24 AM—
NDP MP Andrew Cash is in an egregious conflict of interest. There can be no doubt or debate about that:
On Sept. 26, 2011, Cash provided a commitment in writing to the House of Commons ethics commissioner and to the clerk of the House of Commons that he “shall not participate in debate or voting at the Standing Committee of Canadian Heritage on matters to do with the CBC in which I have a private interest.”
It doesn’t matter how he voted. He voted. That is not just a perceived conflict of interest, it is a real conflict of interest.
In the past, it is noteworthy that Cash has attacked Rob Ford for “dirty tricks” – which raises an interesting irony. In Ford’s well-documented case of conflict of interest, the amounts of money in issue were much smaller. And, in Ford’s case, the money did not go straight into Ford’s personal bank account. In Cash’s case, tens of thousands did.
When you do a Google scan of Cash’s piety in similar cases – including during the period where he was receiving CBC money while voting on the CBC – his hypocrisy is jaw-dropping. Take a look at this instance of Conservative conflict of interest, which Cash rightly derided as the Conservatives’ “new accountability standard.”
If he and his party were in way consistent, of course, Cash would be resigning his seat. That is what they would be demanding if a Conservative or Liberal had committed an offence as serious as this one.
Will he resign? Of course not. Will he do the “right thing”? Of course not.
And on and on the bullshit goes. Of course.