October 26, 2016 | Lindsay Kines
Quoted from the article:
The commissioner issued an opinion in May that rejected complaints by Eby and Democracy Watch accusing Clark of breaching conflict rules by taking part in Liberal Party fundraising events that charge up to $20,000 per person.
Democracy Watch argues that Clark was in a conflict of interest and benefitted personally from the exclusive events because the Liberal Party pays her a leader’s allowance of $50,000 a year.
But, in his decision, Fraser said he was unable to conclude that donations to a political party amounted to a private interest or a personal benefit for Clark.
“Helping to boost the party’s financial well-being is a political benefit, rather than a private financial one,” he wrote.
Clark and Fraser have 21 days to file a response to the petition.
“We don’t comment on matters being reviewed,” Clark’s office said in a statement.
“We know what the conflict commissioner ruled and we’ll respond as required as part of the process.”