Ethics czar clears Andrew Cash

NDP MP Andrew Cash. (Andre Forget/QMI Agency)

NDP MP Andrew Cash. (Andre Forget/QMI Agency)

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 5:02 PM ET

OTTAWA — The House of Commons ethics commissioner says an NDP MP who gets tens of thousands a year from the CBC did nothing wrong voting on funding for the state broadcaster.

NDP MP Andrew Cash gets more than $2,400 every time a new episode of the popular TV program Dragon's Den airs on the CBC. Cash wrote the music for the show.

That can add up to nearly $40,000 a year.

In 2011, Cash sought a ruling from ethics commissioner Mary Dawson to be able to vote on CBC matters and debate CBC's future at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Heritage.

On Thursday, Cash asked Dawson to confirm his position that he had nothing wrong and on Friday, she did just that.

"I can confirm that, to date, the matters in question in the debates and votes in which you have participated affect you as one of a broad class and, therefore, that you met your obligations under the [MP's Conflict of Interest] Code in doing so," Dawson wrote to Cash. Cash released Dawson's letter Friday afternoon.

 


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