Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson made her ruling today, although she says she won't be investigating any further. In light of the ruling, I assume Mulcair won't give Benskin his Critic position back. When this came out in May, it sounded like Benskin's taxes were leaked by someone connected to National Revenue Minister Gail Shea, but regardless, he needs to fix this if he wants to get re-elected in 2015.
NDP's Tyrone Benskin broke rules, ethics watchdog finds
Federal ethics commissioner says Montreal MP should have declared tax debt sooner
Sep 17, 2013
New Democrat MP Tyrone Benskin broke federal conflict of interest rules by not declaring a tax debt, Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson says in a letter to the politician.
Dawson also uses the letter to renew her call for the power to levy fines against MPs who break the rules set out in the conflict of interest code.
In the letter to Benskin and to Liberal MP John McCallum, who made the complaint to the commissioner's office, Dawson says Benskin "has contravened his reporting obligations," as set out in the code.
MPs are required to disclose any liabilities worth more than $10,000. The commissioner's registry doesn't include the amount of the liabilities, just a searchable database of MPs, with an accompanying list detailing who they owe money to.
Last May, a media report revealed Benskin owed more than $58,000 to Revenue Quebec. That should have been disclosed, but wasn't, Dawson says in the letter. A Quebec court ruled June 19, 2012, that Benskin had to pay $54,719.99, plus costs, for a total of $58,097.45, she wrote.
Dawson notes that when MPs are found to have failed to report liabilities greater than $10,000, she has them sign a declaration "forthwith." Benskin updated his file on July 23.