This is in regard to a constituent’s request to purchase a 70 hectare parcel of land within the Agricultural Land Reserve, which was previously rejected and later supported by Mr. Pimm.
In a 44 page report, the COIC found that Mr. Pimm’s attendance at the on-site visit, coupled with the limited representation he made there, and in his letter of support for reconsideration, was not in violation of any provincial act or legislation.
Mr. Pimm has issued the following statement in regard to the COIC’s finding.
“I want to thank the Conflict of Interest Commissioner for his thorough review of my obligations under the Members’ Conflict of Interest Act following an accusation that I was wrongly interacting with the Agricultural Land Commission.
“Throughout my time as an elected official I have always conducted myself with integrity and honour. I’ve also been a proud advocate for my community and that was exactly what I was doing in this case – advocating for a project that had broad community support.
“In November of 2013 I asked the Conflict Commissioner if he would take a look at this case and come up with a decision on whether I was doing my job in helping a constituent or was in a potential conflict.
“I am pleased the report confirms my actions as an MLA and during my time as a minister were appropriate and that I have been cleared of any wrongdoing.
“As well, I am pleased the Commissioner has made recommendations to all MLAs on how to advocate for constituents and is clear that MLAs do have a role to play, within the guidelines he has established.”