Times Colonist: Commissioner responds to Eby’s concerns – says he’s not in conflict

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April 19, 2016 | Les Leyne

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Eby subsequently wrote Fraser with concerns about whether he was the right person to conduct the review. Eby said he heard from Vancouver freelance reporter Bob Mackin that Fraser’s former law firm — Fraser Milner Casgrain — donated more than $25,000 to the B.C. Liberals from 2005 to 2007.

“Given the subject matter of my complaint concerning large donations to the B.C. Liberals, and the context of large political donations to the premier and cabinet ministers from business leaders in private and intimate settings, business leaders which as a set would certainly include Fraser Milner in the legal field,” wrote Eby, “I respectfully request that you review this allegation.”

Eby said if there is a personal connection or a perceived personal connection, Fraser should consider whether there is any reasonable perceived conflict of interest in determining the outcome of his complaint, given the unique subject matter. If so, Eby asked him to recuse himself from the matter.

“I have full confidence in your ability to determine whether or not this alleged series of donations will reasonably create the perception … that you are not free of conflict.”

Read the full article: http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/columnists/les-leyne-commissioner-says-he-s-not-in-conflict-1.2233880