Watchdog files ethics complaint against Dominic LeBlanc over connections to judicial appointees

An advocacy group has filed a complaint with the federal conflict of interest and ethics commissioner calling for an independent investigation into Dominic LeBlanc and the connections he has with recent judicial appointments in New Brunswick.

Democracy Watch is also calling on the federal government to suspend all judicial and watchdog appointments until “the appointment process is changed to be actually independent and merit-based.”

The connections to LeBlanc, MP for the New Brunswick riding of Beauséjour and current minister of intergovernmental affairs and northern affairs and internal trade, were initially reported on Tuesday and come despite promises by the federal Liberals to appoint the “most meritorious jurists” to judicial vacancies.

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The appointments include the wife of LeBlanc’s brother-in-law and prominent donors to both the Liberal Party and the federal Liberal association for LeBlanc’s riding.

The details of the connections were first reported by CBC New Brunswick.

Financial records filed with Elections Canada indicate that Arthur Doyle and Robert Dysar, who were appointed to the trial division of the Court of Queen’s Bench earlier this month, have been long-time donors to both the Liberal Party of Canada and the Liberal Association for the federal riding of Beauséjour.

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