Liberals cancel Finance Committee hearings to stop WE investigation from continuing, Finance critic says

After last week, when the vote to remove the blacked-out (redacted) portions of the WE scandal documents was suspended in the Finance Committee by the Liberal chair, subsequent planned meetings have been blocked and canceled by the Liberal chair Wayne Easter. Since Parliament has come back into session, the Conservatives have been working to revive the push for documents related to the WE scandal.

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The hearings were supposed to take place last night, October 15, but the Liberals delayed it until the morning of October 16.

However, this morning, Finance Critic Pierre Poilievre came to Twitter to let Canadians know that the promised meeting was canceled by the Liberal chair Wayne Easter.

During another meeting for the Ethics committee on October 15, the Liberals filibustered a vote on the release of WE scandal documents. 

Last week on October 8th, the Liberal chair for the Standing Committee on Finance Wayne Easter forcibly ended a zoom call and vote on a motion Poilievre put forth was to remove the blacked-out (redacted) portions of the WE scandal documents

In another committee on October 8th, Liberals in the ethics committee delayed a vote to release documents regarding the Trudeau family’s speaking engagements and ties to WE Charity events by adjourning the committee before members could vote on the motion.

These documents were originally set to be released in August before PM Justin Trudeau prorogued Parliament on August 18th. 

The Ethics committee asked for the documents originally on July 22nd and gave until July 29th for the documents to be produced, but the agency asked for an extension to produce them until August 19th. However, once Parliament was prorogued, the document request was nullified alongside all other committee investigations into the WE scandal. 

During the Finance Committee on October 8th, Easter declared that the meeting was over and demanded the zoom call be ended just as Poilievre moved to set forth a discussion on his WE scandal motion. Easter wanted to suspend the meeting until “further notice” to determine whether the motion was crafted procedurally. 

Since Parliament has come back into session, the Conservatives have been working to revive the push for documents related to the WE scandal. In both committees, ethics and finance, the Conservatives are setting new motions to receive information pertaining to the paid speaking engagements that the Trudeau family had with the WE Charity. 

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