August 31, 2023
On behalf of the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Melanie Rushworth, Director of Communications, Outreach and Planning, released today the following statement:
“The Honourable Konrad Winrich von Finckenstein has been appointed as Interim Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner. The appointment was made under subsection 82(2) of the Parliament of Canada Act and is effective for a period of six months.
As Interim Commissioner, Mr. von Finckenstein has all the authorities vested in the Commissioner by the Parliament of Canada Act. In this role, Mr. von Finckenstein will help Members of the House of Commons and public office holders stay informed about their obligations under the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons and the Conflict of Interest Act, respectively. The Interim Commissioner will provide independent direction and advice on conflict-of-interest-related matters.
The employees of the Office look forward to welcoming the Interim Commissioner in his new role.
The Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner does not have a role in the appointment of a future Commissioner. That responsibility rests with the Governor in Council."