Improper Influence of Office: Laws, Codes and Cases

October 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm America/Toronto Timezone
McLaughlin College Lunch Talk Series
140 McLaughlin College Senior Common Room
Vicky Carnevale
416 736-2100 ext. 33824

Presented by:

GREG LEVINE practises administrative, municipal and government ethics law. He has been an Integrity Commissioner for several Ontario municipalities. He is a member of the Law Societies of Upper Canada and British Columbia, with an LL.B. from the University of Toronto, as well as a Ph.D. in cultural geography from Queen’s University in Kingston. He is also a member of the Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars based in Vancouver. The author of three books -The Law of Government Ethics: Federal, Ontario and British Columbia, Municipal Ethics Regimes, and Ombudsman Legislation in Canada: An Annotation and Appraisal and numerous articles, Greg Levine has been involved in government ethics law work in various contexts for many years.

Improper influence of office is an abuse of power which demeans democracy. To be sure, it is reasonable to expect that elected officials and public servants will be influential in terms of promotion of ideas and ideals which will enhance government and administration. It is also reasonable, however, to expect that influence will not be used to advance non-meritorious and illegal decisions and actions. This presentation explores the concept of improper influence and how it is defined and regulated in statutes and codes of ethics as well as some contemporary examples. The view that rules about improper influence should not only reflect concerns respecting conflict of interest but concerns about inappropriate governance and administration more generally will also be outlined.

When:  Thursday, October 10, 2019 - noon to 1:30 p.m.

Where:  140 McLaughlin College Senior Common Room

Poster:  Greg Levine _Poster_October 10_2019