UPDATE: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said on Wednesday, October 21, that his party will vote against the ‘anti-corruption’ committee in order to spare Canadians from having a snap election. Telling reporters that the “New Democrats will not give Prime Minister Trudeau the election he is looking for. We’re not going to be used as an excuse or a cover,”.
In recent weeks, opposition members have been trying to receive Liberal government documents related to both the WE Charity investigation and those relating to the government’s COVID-19 response.
The Liberals have been trying to filibuster the release of such documents in three different committees. The WE investigation documents in the ethics and finance committees, and COVID-19 response documents in the health committee.
Since Parliament has come back in session, the Liberals in the finance and ethics committees have tried to stop the release of the unredacted documents related to the WE investigation. This prompted the Conservatives to put forth a motion for the House to establish an ‘anti-corruption committee’.
The task of this anti-corruption committee would be to pursue several questions members of parliament have about the current government’s handling of pandemic-related programs and spending, which would include the WE Charity scandal which was born out of a pandemic-related program (Canada Student Service Grant).
This new committee would also require the disclosure of any internal government communications about the Liberals decision to prorogue parliament. The committee would be composed of 15 MPs.
In response to the proposed motion, the Liberals have threatened to set forth a snap election if Parliament passes the motion to create an anti-corruption committee by saying a motion of this sort “sends a message saying that they don’t have confidence in the government,” Liberal House Leader Pablo Rodriguez said.
Conservative MP Pierre Polievre responded to Rodriguez saying, “Is he really suggesting that if the committee looks into Trudeau’s corruption that Trudeau is just going to call an election?”
Continuing that, “No government in Canadian history has been brought down because an opposition motion passed to set up a committee.”
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said on Tuesday, October 20 that the liberal’s decision to make the anti-corruption committee motion a confidence vote was unjustifiable. On Tuesday, Singh said, “I will not let the prime minister use this discussion over a committee as an excuse to go into an election,”.
Continuing that he does not understand how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can justify sending Canadians to the polls because the opposition wants to create a committee.
“I don’t understand how he can justify going to people and plunging this country into an election for an opposition day motion about a committee … I will not be any part of this farce.”
Earlier today, on October 21, another questionable report regarding a pandemic-related contract to a company with ties to a former Liberal MP.
The report shows that the Trudeau Liberal government gave a $237 million contract to a firm that had been created just seven days before obtaining the contract and that the federal government overpaid by nearly $100 million.
The $237 million was given to the obscure firm FTI Professional Grade. This firm had been officially created only seven days before obtaining the contract from the federal government and its website showed that FTI had only two employees.
The contract was for the manufacturing of 10,000 ventilators.
Read the full story on the $237 million contract here.
More details to come.