Conservative MP David Sweet Resigns As Ethics Committee Chair After Vacationing In US, Won’t Seek Re-Election

Conservatives says no other MPs, aside from Sweet & Ron Liepert, have travelled to the US.

Conservative MP David Sweet is no longer the head of the Ethics Committee.

According to the Conservative Party, Sweet travelled to the U.S. to deal with a ‘property issue,’ but then stayed for leisure purposes.

Apparently, Sweet didn’t tell the party whip about staying longer.

As a result, the party says “Mr. O’Toole has accepted his resignation as a Committee Chair.”

On Twitter, Sweet also announced that he will not seek re-election:

“1/5 Thank you to the citizens of Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Westdale & Glanbrook for allowing me to serve you for the past 15 years. It’s been an honour to serve constituents directly as well as advocate for victims of violent offenders, Int’l Human Rights & small business.”

“2/5 My first challenge was to have CANMET metrological lab relocate to McMaster Innovation Park. Since then, I was pleased to secure well-invested federal funding to many excellent projects with McMaster University and throughout the greater City of Hamilton.”

“3/5 It has also been an honour to help build strong ties btwn Canada & Israel over the years. I’m grateful to the citizens of Canada for allowing me to lead & serve.  It is time for me to spend more time with my wife, children and grandchildren while contributing in other ways”

“4/5 I am currently out of the country with my wife having reached this difficult decision, and will be back in Hamilton soon. I have resigned my role as Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy & Ethics and will not be seeking re-election as MP.”

“5/5 Rest assured until the next election my staff and I will continue to serve you to the best of our ability.”

By getting Sweet to resign, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has matched the actions taken by Jagmeet Singh and Justin Trudeau, who also punished hypocritical politicians who travelled. Does this mean the parties are finally waking up to angry Canadians are, or will they simply hope this goes away for a while so they can be total hypocrites again?

Spencer Fernando

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