Earlier, we reported senior provincial Liberal political aide David Cyr's would be leaving the aboriginal affairs and reconciliation minister's office to become Plutonic Power Corporation Inc.'s First Nations and corporate affairs manager. So will Mike de Jong commit to not having any contact with Mr. Cyr for one year, as Finance Minister Carole Taylor did when her assistant joined the Retail Council of Canada? In an interview with Public Eye, Minister de Jong said when he found out Mr. Cyr was leaving government in the second week of January, his office sent a letter to his deputy instructing the ministry to have an "arms-length" relationship with the aide. And he's "in discussions with the conflict commissioner (Paul Fraser) to ascertain whether there's anything more that can be done" and how long that arms-length relationship should last.
February 14, 2008