Probe finds 'gross mismanagement' by ex-CIDA bureaucrat

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Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 2:19 PM ET

A high-level bureaucrat ran his own consulting business using government staff, tools and time, a new investigation by the federal integrity watchdog found.

Public Sector Integrity Commissioner Mario Dion slammed the unnamed director general at the Canadian International Development Agency - responsible for helping the world's poorest people - for "gross mismanagement" for furthering his own business interests on the taxpayer dime.

Dion said Tuesday: "The gentleman was not making millions on the side" but "was engaged very frequently on personal business activities during work hours over a prolonged period of time."

The report tabled in Parliament cited the bureaucrat's "repetitive and persistent" use of CIDA resources and the "willful and deliberate nature of his behaviour."

The bureaucrat left government while the investigation was ongoing.


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