Liberal MP for London West Kate Young says she failed to take into consideration the implications of her current role when she wrote a letter to advocate for CTV London.
Young wrote a letter to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission earlier this month to encourage the licence renewal for the TV station, where she anchored for many years.
The support for CTV London violates federal conflict of interest guidelines that prohibit parliamentary secretaries from making such interventions; Young is parliamentary secretary to Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
Young is currently in Quebec for the Liberal caucus but released a statement apologizing over the incident.
“I have always been a strong advocate for my community, especially when it comes to local news. At the time I wrote the letter to the CRTC, I was acting as a voice for my community and did not take into consideration the implications of my role as Parliamentary Secretary and sincerely apologize for any inappropriate actions on my part. I have spoken with the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner’s Office about my obligations and will comply fully with any guidance they may have.”
The guidelines issued by federal conflict of interest and ethics commissioner Mary Dawson in October 2013 state that cabinet ministers and parliamentary secretaries may not “under any circumstances” attempt to intervene in decision-making processes of administrative tribunals, such as the CRTC.