OTTAWA– As this Conservative government was gutting programs, Fisheries Ambassador Loyola Sullivan racked up nearly $600,000 in travel expenses with no results to show for it, said Liberal Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics critic and MP for Avalon, Scott Andrews today.
“While Loyola Sullivan was serving as Fisheries Ambassador and racking up obscene expenses for a jet-set lifestyle, Canadians were losing markets for seal products, competing with an increasing presence of foreign fishing efforts and battling high tariffs on fish exports that restrict proper market access,” said Mr. Andrews. “If it wasn’t enough for Mr. Sullivan to be bad at his job, he also bilked taxpayers to the tune for more than half a million dollars.”
Recently, Mr. Andrews wrote the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mary Dawson, to request an investigation into Mr. Sullivan’s apparent conflict of interest, given his new position as VP Resource Management for Ocean Choice International. Shortly before the last election, Mr. Sullivan resigned as Fisheries Ambassador to run as a Conservative candidate. Following the election, he accepted a senior management position with Ocean Choice International, a company that frequently lobbies the federal government. Legislation requires Mr. Sullivan not make any representation to the government for a 12-month period.
“I find it very dubious that as a VP of Resource Management, Mr. Sullivan does not consult with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans,” said Mr. Andrews. “The former Fisheries Ambassador must explain his lavish spending to hard-working Canadians and come clean on this current conflict of interest.”
Mr. Andrews’ letter to the Ethics Commissioner on Loyola Sullivan can be viewed here.
Mr. Sullivan’s expenses during his time as fisheries ambassador can be viewed here.