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New Brunswick Minister Resigns over Privacy Allegations


February 12, 2010

New Brunswick Minister of Justice and Consumer Affairs Bernard LeBlanc has resigned from his post following allegations that an e-mail sent in his name violated the privacy rights of a woman connected to an animal neglect case, CBC News reports. LeBlanc said that although he was not previously aware of the e-mail, he was taking responsibility for it because it had been sent from his office. "As a minister, I am of the view that this breach falls within the principle of ministerial responsibility," he told the legislature on Thursday. "This is a question of accountability, responsibility and honour. For me this is a matter of principle. For that reason, I have submitted my resignation as a member of cabinet."
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