The Conflict of Interest Act requires public office holders to recuse themselves from any discussion, decision, debate or vote on any matter in respect of which they would be in a conflict of interest.
Reporting public office holders who have recused themselves in order to avoid a conflict of interest must publicly declare it within 60 days. The public declaration must identify the conflict of interest that was avoided. Recusals are posted in the public registry.
Establishing conflict of interest screens eliminates the likelihood of a situation arising that would require recusal. These are formal arrangements that we help public office holders make in advance in order to avoid dealing with files that pose a real or potential conflict of interest. If a screen is in place, files that pose a potential conflict of interest are not brought to the public office holder's attention and therefore no recusal is required.