Uproar in House of Commons as interim ethics commissioner revealed as Liberal MP’s sister-in-law

The House of Commons erupted on Wednesday after Conservative MP Michael Barrett asked the Liberals if the new Interim Ethics Commissioner, Martine Richard – who was appointed on Tuesday – is the sister-in-law of Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc. “The interim ethics commissioner is somebody who is a career public servant - who was in fact engaged by the Stephen Harper government into the ethics commissioner’s office. They are number two in the office and have been working in the ethics commissioners’ office for over a decade and it makes absolute and complete logical sense that they would be acting in an interim capacity,” Liberal House Leader Mark Holland responded.