Opposition Leader Roger Grimes says Finance Minister Loyola Sullivan should
not have participated in the cabinet decision regarding the implementation
of production quotas in the crab industry in the province.
question period in the House of Assembly, Minister Sullivan admitted that he
participated in the decision to implement production quotas. This decision
was taken even though Minister Sullivan has immediate family members who are
involved in the crab processing sector in this province.
"Whenever an issue is discussed in cabinet that may create a potential
conflict of interest for a minister, that particular minister is expected to
excuse themselves from the discussion," said Mr. Grimes. "This includes a
decision that would impact a minister directly, or a member of the
ministerís immediate family. It was not acceptable for the minister to take
part in this cabinet decision due to this potential conflict of interest.
"While in government, my colleagues excused themselves from decisions
that directly affected members of their family. Rules are established which
are supposed to govern ministers in determining whether their participation
could be perceived as a conflict of interest. As Minister Sullivanís family
obviously has a vested interest in crab processing, he should have exercised
some common sense and excused himself from the decision.
"We will be writing the Commissioner of Memberís Interests to conduct an
investigation and determine whether it is acceptable for a minister to make
policy decisions on issues that directly affect the economic circumstance of
their family members."