The Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner confirms it is doing a preliminary review into the conduct of northern Saskatchewan Conservative MP Rob Clarke.

Mary Dawson’s office says it has received a request to investigate the conduct of the Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River MP and Winnipeg Conservative MP Rob Bruinooge.

The request comes from Newfoundland Liberal MP Scott Simms.

Simms alleges the two Conservative MPs are in conflict of interest because they cast votes in favour of a recent bill that would allow the use of electronic devices at polling stations.

Clarke and Bruinooge have an ownership stake in a piece of software called ProxiVote which allows political canvassers to keep in touch with each other and keep track of which supporters have cast ballots.

The two MPs have 30 days to respond to the Ethics Commissioner about the allegations at which time she will decide whether or not to proceed with a further investigation.

Rob Clarke could not be reached for comment.


(with files from Canadian Press)