Ethics Committee Investigation Required to End Liberal Cover-Up: Kent and Gourde

March 21, 2019

Ottawa, ON – On Tuesday, the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics will be meeting to discuss the following Conservative motion:

That, given the public statement of March 14 by Ms. Jody Wilson-Raybould that “this matter is serious, and some questions remain unanswered”, and given the public statement of March 21 by Ms. Jane Philpott that “there is much more to this story that needs to be told”, the committee:
A. Immediately begin a study of the ongoing corruption scandal involving the Prime Minister,
B. Instruct the Chair to write to the Prime Minister requesting that he waive all constraints that may prevent individuals invited to appear before the Committee from speaking freely,
C. Invite Ms. Jody Wilson-Raybould to appear as a witness in this study no later than April 5,
D. Invite Ms. Jane Philpott to appear as a witness in this study no later than April 5, and
E. That upon conclusion of this study, a report of the findings of this committee be tabled in Parliament.
Conservative Shadow Minister for Ethics Peter Kent and Deputy Shadow Minister Jacques Gourde today released the following statement:
“Both the former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould and the former President of the Treasury Board Jane Philpott have been clear that there is more to this story than the Prime Minister is telling Canadians and that they are being prevented from speaking freely.
“By shutting down the Justice Committee’s investigation into his involvement in the SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal, Justin Trudeau has shown his contempt for Parliament and the duties of its members to hold him to account. It is now more important than ever for the Liberals to waive privilege and to allow the Ethics Committee to investigate and report on its findings.
“Canadians deserve answers and Conservatives will continue to do everything we can to get them.”