Province aims to improve transparency and accountability of MLA's and Cabinet Ministers

(CP) - New Brunwsick's government says proposed amendments to the Members' Conflict of Interest Act will make the work of MLA's and cabinet ministers more transparent and accountable.

Government House Leader Rick Doucet says it's important that the public has faith and trust in their government and elected members must be held to higher standards.

Conflict of Interest Commissioner Alexandre Deschenes welcomed the legislation introduced today, saying improvements and adjustments to the Act will be required over time to adapt to contemporary circumstances and safeguard the public interest.

The amendments include extending the `cooling-off period' for former members of the legislative assembly from 12 months to 48 months to be eligible for an appointment, and enhancing whistle-blower legislation.