Senator's relationship with staffer broke ethics rule

Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu. (QMI Agency files)

Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu. (QMI Agency files)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:43 PM ET

OTTAWA — Conservative Sen. Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu broke ethics regulations by having a romantic relationship with a staff member, the Senate's ethics officer ruled.

However, Lyse Ricard said the rules Boisvenu broke were the "result of an error in judgment made in good faith," and she didn't recommend he be sanctioned.

Boisvenu was accused of favouring his personal interests by employing a woman with whom he was in a relationship.

Ricard said Boisvenu hired Isabelle Lapointe in good faith, because they weren't romantic together at the time. However, when Boisvenu subsequently re-hired her, there was an apparent conflict of interest because the two were in a relationship, Ricard said.

Furthermore, Ricard said that Boisvenu also tried to use his influence as a senator to help Lapointe get more vacation days.

Ricard said the Senate ethics code has a provision for "mitigating circumstances."

"As such, I would recommend that no sanction be imposed."

 


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