A report investigating a potential conflict of interest involving outgoing MLA, and former Economy Minister, Bill Boyd has been made public.
It found that the former Economy Minister was in conflict of interest while representing personal business in China.
Boyd requested the report by the Conflict of Interest commissioner after questions arose over the trip he took to China earlier this year.
The Opposition NDP also requested Barclay look into the matter.
Boyd says his trip to China was done as a private businessman. He says he was looking for investors in an agricultural irrigation company.
Seen in photographs which were found on social media, Government of Saskatchewan logos were used during those seminars.
Boyd was referred to as the province’s minister of economy, even though he no longer was in that role.
Premier Brad Wall’s office stated they were “unaware of the nature of Mr. Boyd’s trip” adding it was “a personal business trip.”
In a statement Premier Wall said.”I have reviewed the Conflict of Interest Commissioner’s opinion and accept his finding that Mr. Boyd breached The Members’ Conflict of Interest Act by inaccurately representing both himself and the Government of Saskatchewan while promoting an irrigation project in China.
The Ministry of Economy will be sending a letter to Mr. Boyd directing that he cease and desist all activities related to discussing and/or promoting the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) in relation to his private business ventures and that no applications to SINP related to his private business ventures will be accepted.
I have also asked for and received his resignation from the Saskatchewan Party Caucus. Even though Mr. Boyd has already announced his resignation from the Legislative Assembly effective September 1, 2017, I take very seriously the Commissioner’s findings and believe his removal from Caucus for his few remaining days as an MLA is warranted.
I have taken the further step of referring the Commissioner’s opinion to the Ministry of Justice to consider whether any further legal action is warranted.
I want to thank the Commissioner for his prompt and thorough consideration of this matter.” Wall said in a news release on Monday.
Bill Boyd also responded “I spoke with the Conflict of Interest Commissioner this morning and thanked him for his report. I accept the Commissioner’s report and take full responsibility for my actions. It never was my intention to be in a conflict in any way, however, I made an error in judgement and for that, I am truly sorry. I would like to apologize to Premier Wall, all MLA’s and the Saskatchewan people. I have resigned from caucus effective immediately.” Boyd said.