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Not cool (The Ottawa Citizen)

The Ottawa Citizen
April 17, 2002

Not cool

When are politicians thought to be in a conflict of interest? When they use their position to influence a decision that has a direct impact on their own well-being.

That's why it's disturbing that Senator Anne Cools is using Senate letterhead for press releases in the campaign to preserve the Moffatt Farm. As a citizen who lives nearby, she is entitled to speak out; nor can she hide who she is. But explicitly flinging the weight of her title into the fray -- she is not the elected representative of the area -- is inappropriate. The cause is just, but these senatorial antics aren't.