April 5, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – Today, Conservative Members on the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics put on notice the following motion:
That, given the new information on the matter of political interference in a criminal prosecution by the Office of the Prime Minister disclosed in documents tabled by Jody Wilson-Raybould and Gerald Butts, the Committee:
a. Instruct the Chair to write a letter to the Prime Minister requesting that he waive all constraints that may prevent individuals invited to appear before the Committee from speaking freely;
b. Invite Justin Trudeau to appear prior to April 12
c. Invite Jody Wilson-Raybould to appear prior to April 12
d. Invite Jane Philpott to appear prior to April 12
e. Invite Katie Telford to appear prior to April 12
f. Invite Elder Marques to appear prior to April 12
g. Invite Mathieu Bouchard to appear prior to April 12
h. Invite Amy Archer to appear prior to April 12
i. Invite Ben Chin to appear prior to April 12
j. Invite Justin To to appear prior to April 12
k. Invite Jessica Prince to appear prior to April 12
l. Sit extra hours in order to conduct these additional meetings.
Conservative Ethics Shadow Minister Peter Kent urged the Liberal MPs on the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics to support the motion calling for ten key government officials – including former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff Katie Telford, his Senior Advisor Mathieu Bouchard, and the Prime Minister himself – to face questions over evidence that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured Ms. Wilson-Raybould to interfere in SNC-Lavalin’s criminal prosecution.
“Canadians deserve answers into the Prime Minister’s involvement of political interference and these Liberal MPs can make sure they get them,” Kent said. “They have a duty to put the interests of the country ahead of their party, and get Justin Trudeau to end the cover-up so that Canadians can know the full truth.”
Kent cited Ontario Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith who acknowledged that “a more public-facing inquiry to get at the truth” is required in this matter and that the Ethics Committee should reconsider an investigation after Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s additional evidence to the Justice Committee was released on March 29.
“I commend Mr. Erskine-Smith for realizing the necessity in getting the full truth in the seriousness of these allegations against the Prime Minister and I hope the Liberals on the Ethics Committee will do the right thing and allow the investigation to proceed,” Kent said.
For more information:
Office of Peter Kent, MP