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What does it take for a Conflict of Interest to be real? In my opinion, the mere appearance of a Conflict of Interest is sufficient evidence of its existence. Sure, from one perspective, Mr. Sadrian may not have done anything that can be punished so it is possible that no real conflict exists. But from the perspective of #ethics, I would personally have a very hard time trusting KPMG LLP (Canada) with the accounting of anything more important than a lemonade stand.
Before any of you make the mistake of suggesting that I am merely upset because the wealth in this country (and the world) is not distributed evenly; let me assure you, that is not the case. In fact, it is precisely because wealth is not distributed evenly that the question of ethics is so important. Society must be more than a race for the top. Those who have wealth and/or power also, in my opinion, have a moral obligation to be beyond reproach. They must be a shining light that would guide the rest of us.
It's too bad, but it seems to me that government departments that wish to impose conditions like a "cooling off" period on their employees, are going to have to tie adherence to something financial like a pension. It would appear that the days in which society could depend on people to "do the right thing" are waning
To the leadership of KPMG, you had better check the balance of your #EthicalDebt.