Hussen defends the contract linked to the workers’s sister, can not rule out rehiring the organisation
Housing Minister Ahmed Hussen says his constituency workplace “followed all the rules” when it employed a organisation with household ties to an worker who labored in his workplace.
He additionally stated he was “satisfied with the services” and, when requested, didn’t rule out hiring the organisation within the future, once more saying he was “satisfied with the services.”
“MPs are allowed and permitted to pay for services, including communications services,” Hussen advised Global News external the federal authorities’s cupboard retreat in Hamilton on Tuesday.
“We followed all the rules of the House of Commons financial management office, as well as checking with the Office of the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Commissioner and all posts have been made public.”
Global News reported Thursday that Hussen’s workplace awarded $93,050 in communications contracts to Munch More Media, a Toronto-based organisation targeted on the meals and restaurant enterprise. Taxpayer funds got here from his constituency workplace price range, not his ministerial price range.
The director of the organisation, Hiba Tariq, is the sister of Hussen’s coverage director and shut adviser, Tia Tariq.
Global News requested the ethics commissioner’s workplace if it basically signed off on the choice by Minister Hussen’s workplace to award contracts to Munch More Media and if the commissioner knew of the familial connection between Tia and Hiba Tariq.
A spokesperson for the workplace stated it may not reply to questions from Global News, explaining that any recommendation it offers is confidential, as are all requests for recommendation the workplace receives.
On Friday, Global News reported that Marci Ien, now Minister for Women and Gender Equality, additionally gave $10,000 in contracts from her constituency price range to Munch More Media in 2021.
Ien was not a minister on the time. The foyer registry listed Tia Tariq as coverage director for Ien’s workplace on the time, however Ien’s workplace stated in a announcement to Global News that is wrong and that she didn’t work for Ien.
“I know the minister has spoken about this and will continue to answer questions about this. My concern is that the rules must always be followed, but also that MPs continue to prioritize connecting, communicating with Canadians,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated at a information convention on Monday in Hamilton.
“It is the responsibility of all MPs to ensure that they communicate and communicate with their fellow citizens, and we expect that to be done.”
He added: “The minister is making sure he answers our questions about this and we are making sure all the rules are followed.”
Members of Parliament are allowed to make use of constituency funds – which finally come from taxpayers – on exterior communication work. But a Global News evaluation of cupboard ministers’ constituency spending reveals that Hussen is just one of three ministers who’ve spent a big quantity of public cash on external public relations help in latest months.
Munch More Media Inc. is a Toronto-based PR agency specializing in promotion the restaurant and meals enterprise. It isn’t clear, aside from what Global News reported final week, that they’ve any knowledge in political communications.