April 13, 2010 (40th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Judy Wasylycia-Leis

New Democratic Party

Ms. Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation terminated a grant to the government's International Development Research Centre that was to be used for an anti-smoking campaign in Africa. Why? The IDRC chair, former Conservative cabinet minister Barbara McDougall, was until recently on the board of directors of Imperial Tobacco. This is not just a major conflict of interest; it is another embarrassment of the government on the international stage.
How did the government miss such a blatant conflict of interest? Will it demand Barbara McDougall's resignation from IDRC today?

Topic:   Oral Questions
Subtopic:   Government Appointments
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