Senate Ethics Officer's Second Annual Report Tabled in the Senate

    OTTAWA, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The second Annual Report of the Senate
Ethics Officer (SEO), Jean T. Fournier, was tabled in the Senate today. It
covers the period from April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007 and provides an
overview of the activities of the office for this year. The SEO provided over
three hundred opinions and advice to senators, both formal and informal, of
varying degrees of complexity. "The sheer volume of requests for advice
illustrates that senators are availing themselves of the advisory services
that the office provides and seeking counsel where there are any doubts
regarding the best course of action," said Mr. Fournier.
    The Senate Ethics Officer is an independent Officer of the Senate whose
primary responsibility is to administer, interpret and apply the Conflict of
Interest Code for Senators. The interpretation and application of the Code as
it relates to individual senators are his sole responsibility.
    "My approach, since my appointment, has been to encourage senators to
request my advice as often as possible, especially in cases of doubt, prior to
taking action," said Mr. Fournier. "I believe that this results in prevention
- and prevention is not only in the interest of senators, but it is also in
the public interest. When it concerns conflicts of interest, prevention is
indeed the best medicine."
    Mr. Fournier commented, "This year, as was the case last year, the
cooperation received from senators and their offices was greatly appreciated,
particularly their responsiveness throughout the annual disclosure process."
All senators submitted their confidential disclosure statements within the
deadline set for this year. Their public disclosure summaries are available
for consultation in the Public Registry located at the Office of the Senate
Ethics Officer, 90 Sparks Street, Room 526, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5B4
(tel.: (613) 947-3566); (fax: (613) 947-3577).

    The 2006-2007 Annual Report is available on the SEO's website at Printed copies can be obtained by contacting
the Office of the Senate Ethics Officer.

For further information:

For further information: Louise Dalphy, (613) 947-3566, (613) 947-3577

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