OTTAWA — The federal conflict of interest and ethics commissioner says Trade Minister Mary Ng broke the rules when her office awarded a contract to one of her friends.
Commissioner Mario Dion released a report today after the federal Conservatives filed a complaint back in the spring, raising concerns over the fact that Ng’s office awarded media training contracts to the firm Pomp and Circumstance.
The firm was co-founded and run by Amanda Alvaro, a friend of Ng’s.
The commissioner says “there is simply no excuse for contracting with a friend’s company.”
In a statement posted to Twitter, Ng says she accepts “full responsibility for her actions” and should have recused herself.
The Canadian Press