Ethics commissioner will not investigate former envoy to China for taking mining job – by Peter Zimonjic (CBC News Politics – Janaury 17, 2022)

Federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s office says he will not be investigating Canada’s former ambassador to China for accepting a job with mining giant Rio Tinto, which has extensive business dealings in China.

“I can confirm Commissioner Dion is not launching an examination into Dominic Barton as he did not have direct and significant dealings with Rio Tinto while he was Canada’s Ambassador in China,” Dion’s office said in an email to CBC News.

The NDP wrote to commissioner Dion earlier this month asking his office to probe Dominic Barton’s appointment as chair of the board of directors at Rio Tinto.

“Given that Mr. Barton met with Rio Tinto executives as recently as October 2021, it should be of concern to all Canadians that less than three months after meeting with the gold mining company, he announced his intention to become the Chair of Rio Tinto’s Board of Directors,” NDP MP Matthew Green said in his letter.

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