David Brazil apologizes for ethics breach

A Tory MHA for Conception Bay East-Bell Island was officially reprimanded on Thursday for breaching two house of assembly rules last year.
MHA David Brazil says sorry to house of assembly for breaking rules, but not to the people of the province 3:27

A Tory MHA for Conception Bay East-Bell Island was officially reprimanded on Thursday for breaching two house of assembly rules last year.

In August, the Commissioner for Legislative Standards ruled that David Brazil violated two rules for continuing to be involved with a hockey group after being elected.

Brazil continued his involvement with the Bell Island Senior Hockey Association, which was receiving government funding to run an adult basic education program, after being elected as MHA without disclosing it to the house.

He apologized to the house for the oversight, which he admits was his fault, but said he didn't feel the need to make a public apology.

"I find it hard to apologize for being active, doing nothing wrong — doing nothing, and the reports have shown that," Brazil said.

"At the end of the day I was engaged with something prior to my election process that I tried to get out of during the process, that continued to be an asset to the people engaged in this program."

Neither of the opposition parties is hammering Brazil or the government on the issue, and all recognized that Brazil did not personally benefit from the government money.

Liberal MHA Andrew Parsons said the issue was a matter of ensuring public trust.

"We've been entrusted by the public to protect their interests, and as members we have to do everything to make sure that this trust is maintained," Parsons said in the house.

Brazil said he's happy with the end resolution, and that he, and other members of the house of assembly, have learned more about the rules of conduct.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary also conducted an investigation into the matter, and has cleared Brazil of any wrongdoing.

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