On Point | David Brazil on breaking the rules

This week the Commissioner for Legislative Standards ruled Conservative MHA David Brazil broke two ethics rules.
On Point guest host Peter Cowan also looks at electronic voting 17:27

This week the Commissioner for Legislative Standards ruled Conservative MHA David Brazil broke two ethics rules. In an interview with On Point, the backbencher says he's learned a lesson.

After Brazil became MHA, he was still part of an organization that ran an Adult Basic Education program on Bell Island.

The RNC cleared him of any criminal charges, but the Commissioner recommended that the house of assembly reprimand him for breaking the code of conduct.

Brazil told CBC News that he's pleased the report is completed and that he respected the Commissioner's findings.

"I've learned from that process that I have to declare everything — and I've done that since in my disclosures," Brazil said.

The Commissioner found that Brazil did not disclose that he was a part of the Bell Island Senior Hockey Association, which funded the ABE program.

He also said that Brazil should have resigned from the volunteer association once he became elected.

"In this case, he felt — he notes — that I gain nothing personally and my intentions were right. I've been involved in this for years before, and I should have removed myself quicker than I did," Brazil said.

The NDP wants the house to reconvene during the summer to debate the report.

The premier's office said it will be dealt with in due course by the house management committee.


For more than a decade, the city of St. John's has conducted municipal elections by mail rather than by ballot box.

This week, Maureen Harvey, Elections Co-ordinator with the city of St. John's, was a guest on On Point with Peter Cowan.

Harvey says while there is a cost benefit with the mail-in system, the city would like to introduce online voting.

"The city looks at the mail-in ballot system as very efficient, but we can further enhance that through internet voting," Harvey said.

"Our objective is to make it even more secure, more efficient, [more] accessible to people. We are hoping to gain a bigger demographic, we are hoping to gain a wider range of voter turn out ... so, with technology today, it's a very secure system."

Harvey said in order for online voting to be implemented, there would need to be a legislative change.

Up until this point, she said the province is not ready to undertake E-voting.

Harvey said the city hopes to have electronic voting up and running for the next municipal election in 2017.

Muskrat Falls challenge

Also on this week's episode of On Point with guest host Peter Cowan, Nunatsiavut president Sarah Leo explained why her government filed two independent judicial reviews regarding Muskrat Falls.

Leo said she has good reason to believe that the damming of Muskrat Falls will have some effect on the Labrador Inuit settlement area and on Labrador Inuit health.

"We have been participating in a research and monitoring project within Lake Melville — and more specifically within the parts of Lake Melville that are within the Labrador Inuit settlement area," Leo said.

"We have some very preliminary results that show that there is some connection between the mercury levels in Churchill Falls and Lake Melville, and certainly within the Labrador settlement area."

Leo, Harvey and Brazil were all on this week's episode of On Point. Click on the video above to see the full episode.

With files from Peter Cowan