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New Brunswick Minister Resigns over Privacy Allegations

PERSONAL PRIVACY

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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