Federal ethics watchdog investigates B.C. Liberal MP after complaint from Tories

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The federal ethics watchdog has launched an investigation into allegations that Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido did not disclose that the Law Society of B.C. took control of his law firm earlier this year.

Ethics commissioner Mario Dion confirmed in a letter to Conservative MP Peter Kent, who requested the inquiry, that he is looking into the matter.

Federal ethics rules require MPs to report any material changes to their investments and other private interests within 60 days.

The disclosure summary for the Liberal MP for Steveston-Richmond East still lists him as the sole owner of Peschisolido Law Corporation, even though the provincial law society appointed a custodian to wind up the real estate law practice in April.

Kent based his complaint on reporting by Global News, which investigated the role the law firm played in a real estate deal involving an alleged boss of a Chinese drug cartel.

Peschisolido says he is "fully co-operating'' with the ethics commissioner's investigation.