The province has appointed an acting commissioner to oversee potential conflict of interest matters. Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, was appointed Acting Conflict of Interest Commissioner effective today, July 31. He will take on the role in addition to his chief justice duties. The role of the commissioner is to provide advice and recommendations on possible conflicts of interest involving provincially elected officials and public servants. Chief Justice Kennedy has been sitting on the Nova Scotia Supreme Court since 1998 and brings over 40 years of experience, skill and expertise to this position. The appointment follows the retirement of Mr. Nunn in June. Mr. Nunn held the position for almost 21 years. Under the Conflict of Interest Act, the next commissioner will be appointed by cabinet upon consultation with the leaders of the recognized parties in the House of Assembly and subject to the approval of the house.
The Minister recalled that even when Mahinda Rajapaksa was President an all party committee had submitted proposals for Constitutional amendments and several opinions were expressed. He asserted that everything that is being said are the views of individuals and is not part of the final document. Ranawaka said that the ideas put forward at present by several political parties, including the joint opposition, are being studied yet nothing is final. (Colombo Gazette) The Government today briefed the Chief Prelates on the progress of the process to draft a new Constitution.Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka said that misleading information is being spread about the Constitution drafting process.