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Canadian politician cleared of ethics violation related to Quebec City arena

Aug 7, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

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In news we probably wouldn’t pass along if not for the fact it’s August, Canada’s ethics watchdog ruled today that Conservative MP Christian Paradis did not violate the country’s Conflict of Interest Act by accepting a two-night stay at the hunting lodge of businessman (and former Nordiques owner) Marcel Aubut, who at the time was lobbying the federal government to help fund a new hockey arena in Quebec City.

In “The Paradis Report” (click here for PDF), Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson ruled that “Paradis had no official role with respect to the Quebec City arena at the time of Mr. Aubut’s invitation or up to the time of the hunting trip and the possibility that he would have an official role was far from certain. As well, the prospect of a federal contribution to the construction of a new arena was only a remote possibility.”

Construction of the $400 million arena, slated to open in 2015, was ultimately split between the province and the city.

Related: Former Nordiques owner says NHL is returning to Quebec City soon

  1. sjsblitz - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Is it October yet?

  2. thailer35 - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Kind of a lot of money for an empty arena…

  3. LampyB - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Snooze Fest! I think the NBA is the only subject I find more boring than Canadian politics. Kill me now!

  4. jimw81 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    i rather have a nhl team in hartford. how many times are you going to see the hartford whalers beat the vancover canucks?

  5. thibbledorfpwent - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Oh you mean a francophone politician in Quebec has been cleared of under the table dealings? Say it ain’t so! Frankly Quebec is more corrupt then a 17th century catholic priest, no accountability ever. What a shock

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