Serious breaches by a manager: conclusion stemming from the investigation
November 5, 2018 – The Québec Ombudsman received a disclosure about wrongdoings within an organization under contract with a government agency. The defendant had allegedly misused the agency’s funds or property, had not complied with the rules for the awarding of contracts, and had been in conflict of interest.
After investigating, the Québec Ombudsman concluded that the defendant had indeed committed the following wrongdoings:
- Serious breach of the standards of ethics and professional conduct;
- Misuse of funds or property belonging to the agency
- Gross mismanagement, including an abuse of authority.
The Québec Ombudsman made three recommendations to the government agency concerned aimed at better monitoring of the organizations under contract. The agency pledged to submit an action plan to the Québec Ombudsman.
Misuse of funds or property belonging to a public body: conclusion of an investigation
On August 22, 2018, the Québec Ombudsman released a conclusion concerning a public integrity investigation further to a disclosure. A senior-level public servant had supposedly billed for personal transportation costs.
At the end of the investigation, the Québec Ombudsman concluded that the individual named had indeed committed a wrongdoing (misuse of funds belonging to a public body).
The Québec Ombudsman made recommendations to the public body concerned in order to prevent such a situation from recurring.
Conclusion of an investigation further to a disclosure of wrongdoings concerning MAPAQ
July 5, 2018 – The Québec Ombudsman received a disclosure concerning the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ). It appears that a Department manager had recommended that financial assistance be awarded to a private organization of which he was a board member. This placed him in a conflict of interest. It seems as well that he had not complied with staffing procedure.
The investigation by the Québec Ombudsman confirmed that the person about whom the disclosure was made had committed a serious breach of ethics and professional conduct by being in a conflict of interest. However, the investigation showed that no wrongdoing had occurred in staffing.
The Québec Ombudsman made recommendations to MAPAQ, which committed to implement them.