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Investigations under the code

Commissioner Mario Dion can investigate possible contraventions of the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons.

Investigations under the Code are called inquiries.

Any Member who has reasonable grounds to believe another Member has contravened the Code may ask the Commissioner to investigate by submitting a request that meets certain criteria.

When the Commissioner receives a valid request for an inquiry, he must forward the request without delay to the Member named in it and give them 30 days to respond.

After receiving the response, we conduct a preliminary review to determine if an inquiry is warranted. Within 15 working days of receiving the response, we notify the Members involved whether or not the Commissioner will conduct an inquiry.

The House of Commons may also direct the Commissioner to conduct an inquiry, although this has not yet occurred.

The Commissioner may also an inquiry on his own initiative if there is reason to believe the Code has been contravened. We review information that we receive about possible contraventions, including through media reports or complaints from members of the public. Some of these reviews lead to inquiries.

When the Commissioner completes an inquiry, he issues a public report.

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