Conflict of interest commissioner clears Saskatchewan cabinet minister

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Saskatchewan’s conflict of interest commissioner says a cabinet minister didn’t break the rules when a company co-founded by her son leased office space from a government-owned inland port.

Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell requested the review after the lease agreement became public.

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Tell said a Regina tech company co-founded by her son entered into a sublease agreement with the Global Transportation Hub, which she learned about after it had been signed.

The Opposition NDP also requested a review, citing how the lease agreement would result in a loss of more than $200,000 over a decade.

Commissioner Ronald Barclay said his review found no evidence or “even a hint of evidence” that Tell breached her obligations under The Members’ Conflict of Interest Act.

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He said she played no part in the sublease going to the company.

“There is no evidence that Minister Tell made a decision or participated in making a decision while knowing there was an opportunity to further her private interest, her family’s private interest or the private interest of an associate,” he wrote in his decision signed Friday.

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