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Nova Scotia. Conflict of Interest Commissioner

In 1987 the Conflict of Interest Act was passed and a judge of the then Trial Division of the Supreme Court designated to investigate alleged conflicts of interest on the part of Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and Cabinet ministers. In 1991 a new conflict of interest bill was enacted and its scope enlarged to include all government employees. The commissioner designated under the Members and Public Employees Disclosure Act was again a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia or a retired or supernumerary judge of the Supreme Court. The role of the conflict of interest commissioner is not only to conduct private inquiries with all the powers of a public inquiry commissioner, but also to regulate conduct so as to avoid conflicts of interest by MLAs and employees in the public service through full and open disclosure.

Notes: Authority record based on Statutes of Nova Scotia: 1987 c. 4, 1991 c. 4, 1992 c. 38, 2000 c. 36.

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