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Canada Conservatives push for vote on WE scandal as Liberals delay committee motions

03:05  17 october  2020
03:05  17 october  2020 Source:   nationalpost.com

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The NDP sided with the Liberals and voted against a motion that would have required all Liberal cabinet members to “disclose whether they had knowledge of With these kind of actions, it’s no wonder that the NDP is doing so terrible in the polls even as Liberal support drops. Spencer Fernando.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer reiterated his call for government MPs on the committee , who hold the majority, to allow Mario Dion to Subsequently, the Liberals also voted against letting former Vice-Admiral Mark Norman testify after the government dropped a breach of trust charge against him

OTTAWA — The Conservatives are looking to force a vote over a proposal to probe deeper into the WE Charity scandal, part of an effort by the opposition to reignite the controversy that rocked the Trudeau government this summer.

Pablo Rodríguez wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Liberal House Leader Pablo Rodriguez with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a press conference in Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Rodriguez called the new Conservative motion on the WE Charity scandal “extremely partisan and irresponsible.” © Provided by National Post Liberal House Leader Pablo Rodriguez with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a press conference in Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Rodriguez called the new Conservative motion on the WE Charity scandal “extremely partisan and irresponsible.”

Conservative members announced plans Thursday to move a motion next week that would establish an “anti-corruption committee” of 15 MPs to delve into the WE scandal and other possible conflicts of interest. The motion will be debated during opposition day in Parliament, scheduled for Tuesday.

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The Liberal members on the House of Commons ethics committee have stalled a vote on whether After nearly four hours of discussion following a Conservative motion to investigate the issue Five Liberals and Angus were in favour of adjourning, while the remaining four Conservative and Bloq

Government House Leader Dominic LeBlanc announced Thursday that the Liberals will withdraw a controversial motion to limit debate in the House of Commons. But a motion of privilege brought by the Conservatives about the incident postponed all other Commons business as MPs debated what

The move is part of an attempt to force the WE issue into the House of Commons after Liberal MPs this week stifled debate on the topic in two separate committees. Debate in the House finance committee stretched for nearly 12 hours on Thursday, as Liberal MPs used tactical manoeuvres to delay a vote that called for the release of a trove of documents detailing Ottawa’s correspondences with WE Charity, the Toronto-based organization chosen to oversee the Canada Student Service Grant.

Those same documents were made public in August but were highly redacted. The House of Commons law clerk, Philippe Dufresne, later said in a confidential letter that he had not received the documents until after bureaucrats had made the redactions, leaving him unable to assess whether they had been improperly blacked out. The story was first reported by iPolitics.

Liberal battle to prevent disclosure of more WE documents relies on pots of coffee and irrelevant speeches

  Liberal battle to prevent disclosure of more WE documents relies on pots of coffee and irrelevant speeches OTTAWA — Liberal MPs on two parliamentary committees spent the day on Thursday perched in front of their computer screens, using every tactic available to drag out the virtual proceedings and delay a vote on disclosing more documents related to the WE Charity scandal. They launched into lengthy speeches that frequently strayed off topic. They interrupted with a parade of questionable points of order. They moved amendments to amendments. They protested that they couldn’t vote because they couldn’t find the relevant documents. The minority Liberals are outvoted on committees when the opposition works together.

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Liberals (true liberals ) are motivated by a fundamental belief that government is a positive force for On the other had, conservatives all display this “leave me the f*** alone” behavior that, to a liberal Many people voted for Donald Trump because they want a “different” international economics policy.

The Trudeau government then prorogued Parliament just as the law clerk had raised the issue, ending an investigation into the WE scandal that was only partly completed. Critics called the prorogation a bald attempt by the Liberals to shift focus away from the WE scandal, which had hurt them in public opinion polls.

The WE controversy began after the Liberal government gave a sole-sourced $912-million contract for the student grant program to WE Charity, from which some members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s family had been paid to deliver speeches. The organization, which had been under financial pressure due to the pandemic before winning the government contract, shut down the charity in Canada after the controversy.

Trudeau is facing an ethics investigation for not recusing himself from a cabinet vote to award the contract to WE.

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The committee would consist of 10 voting members: six Liberals , three Conservatives and one New Democrat. One Bloc Québécois MP and Green MP Elizabeth May would be members of the committee , but not allowed to vote . "In a multi-party democracy like Canada

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The Liberals and the opposition parties have been in a parliamentary standoff for more than a week over WE Charity disclosure. Two parliamentary committees have been paralyzed as the Liberals have filibustered the debate through lengthy speeches and endless points-of-order.

Because the Liberals are outvoted on committees, they’ve been obstructing the proceedings to avoid any votes.

In the finance committee, the opposition members are trying to pass a motion that would protest the redactions applied to the documents. The motion objects to “what appears to be a breach of its privileges by the government’s refusal to provide documents in the manner ordered by the committee,” and says Parliament’s right to compel records is “absolute and unfettered.”

In the ethics committee, meanwhile, the opposition is trying to pass a motion that would order the Speakers’ Spotlight bureau to turn over details of speaking fees paid to Trudeau and his wife, mother and brother over the past 10 years.

The documents would be reviewed by the committee “in-camera,” meaning they wouldn’t be made public.

Parliament headed for showdown, possible election, Wednesday over Conservative motion

  Parliament headed for showdown, possible election, Wednesday over Conservative motion OTTAWA — The Liberals face a high-stakes game of chicken Wednesday, as they stare down the opposition parties over a confidence motion that could force the country into an election as the second wave of a pandemic rages. The Conservatives fired the first shot Tuesday, moving ahead with their proposal to create a new committee designed to look into the WE Charity scandal, and other allegations of inappropriate lobbying and spending. It is set to The Conservatives fired the first shot Tuesday, moving ahead with their proposal to create a new committee designed to look into the WE Charity scandal, and other allegations of inappropriate lobbying and spending.

The Liberal caucus did not hold that vote . "Members of Parliament are not accountable to the leader. Today, Liberals on the Commons ethics committee blocked two more motions from the Conservatives and NDP MP Charlie Angus said he has seen many scandals over the years, but

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The Liberals have filibustered the past three meetings of the ethics committee to prevent a vote on this, including for nearly nine hours on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Liberal House Leader Pablo Rodriguez called the Conservative motion “extremely partisan and irresponsible.” The Liberal government has instead proposed establishing a broader committee that tracks all spending related to COVID-19, rather than anti-corruption efforts tied specifically to the WE scandal.

Rodriguez put out a string of tweets on Friday saying that Parliamentary committees have already heard testimony from a range of officials on the topic, including from the prime minister. He said they had already released over 5,000 documents “with minimal redactions” that shed light on the scandal.

Pierre Poilievre wearing a suit and tie:  Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre. © Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press/File Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre.

Conservative and NDP members say those claims ring hollow. They say the Liberals would not be blocking the study of non-redacted documents if they had nothing to hide.

“It’s a gigantic cover-up,” Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre said in an interview.

Rodriguez declined to answer whether the issue could be made into a confidence vote, which would bring down the minority Liberals if they lost it. Poilievre also declined to comment on whether it could become a matter of confidence, but said such a move would speak volumes.

“If Trudeau is prepared to call an election to thwart an investigation in the WE scandal, there must be some deep, ugly dark secrets he’s trying to keep under wraps,” he said.

Conservatives have also released two other motions, set to be debated on Tuesday. One is a call to sanction Chinese officials responsible for imposing a national security law on Hong Kong, and the other is a proposed ban on telecoms behemoth Huawei from building Canada’s next-generation 5G network.

With files from Brian Platt

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Pushing back: Why the Trudeau Liberals were prepared to take Canada to an election .
OTTAWA – When rumours first emerged last week that the Liberals would take a Conservative motion designed to get a new committee looking into the WE scandal as a confidence vote, they were largely dismissed. Wild and ultimately unsubstantiated rumours are as common on Parliament Hill as Catholics in Vatican City. While the first ten months of 2020 have seemed much longer, the Liberals have only been in power a year. They have a fiscal update coming and legislation to pass. They have a small but not insurmountable lead in polls and plunging Canadians into an election with COVID-19 cases on the rise is a considerable risk.

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