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Liberals want lobby watchdog to investigate Rahim Jaffer

Michael Ignatieff's Liberals are demanding the federal lobbying commissioner investigate Rahim Jaffer's business dealings.

This is the second time in as many weeks that the Liberals have requested a parliamentary probe into activities related to one-time Tory power couple Helena Guergis, who resigned her cabinet post and was booted from caucus on Friday, and her husband, a former Edmonton MP.

The Liberals' first attempt, however, at having an $880,000 mortgage awarded to Ms. Guergis investigated has been declined by the federal ethics commissioner. The Toronto Star is reporting that Mary Dawson's office has refused to look at it.

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But the opposition sent out another letter today, this time to Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd asking her to "investigate possible violations of the Lobbying Act involving GPG - Green Power Generation Corp. and ts representatives."

Mr. Jaffer is a principal owner of the consulting company. The Liberals note recent reports that the former MP told a group of businessmen that he had access to the government funds and suggested he had influence in the Prime Minister's Office.

"In order to uphold the integrity of the our political system, I am requesting that you use your authority … to conduct an investigation into whether the activities of representatives of GPG are fully compliant with the provisions of the act and the Lobbyist Code of Conduct," Liberal MP Marlene Jennings writes.

The Prime Minister and his officials vehemently deny Mr. Jaffer has any influence whatsoever in government.

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Jane Taber is a reporter at Queen’s Park. After spending three years reporting from the Atlantic, she has returned to Ontario and back to writing about her passion, politics. She spent 25 years covering Parliament Hill for the Ottawa Citizen, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. More

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