Ethics watchdog bites former envoy to U.S. over corporate meetings with ministers

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Canada's former ambassador to the United States has been cited by the federal ethics watchdog for improper lobbying after he left office.
     
David MacNaughton was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's point man in Washington for three-and-a-half years before he left one year ago.
     
After leaving office, he arranged multiple meetings over March, April and May of this year between senior government officials, ministers and Palantir Technologies Canada.
     
Among those in the meetings were Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Industry Minister Navdeep Bains and chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance.
     
Ethics commissioner Mario Dion says none of those officials can contact MacNaughton for a period of one year as a result of improper lobbying.
     
Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel founded the data-analytics company where MacNaughton now works.