The Tories demand that the Prime Minister testify about our deal, and the Liberal Party says a House leader will appear in its place.

Odawa — The conditions for the brawl appear to have been set up by Pablo Rodriguez after announcing at Parliamentary Commission that he would testify to the parliamentary commission on the deal of WE who died on Monday, rather than being a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or his staff.

Rodriguez said in a letter to the Chairman of the House of Commons Ethics Committee on Sunday that one of Trudeau’s senior advisers would not appear in front of the committee and would attend on his behalf. Stated.

“Staff are not elected members of the House of Representatives. They do not have the same rights and privileges as the MP. Calling staff to testify on the Commission is in conflict with the long-standing principle of ministerial responsibility. “There is,” Rodriguez said in a letter to Chairman Chris Wakentin.

“Therefore, the Prime Minister’s policymaker, Rick Teis, was instructed not to appear before the committee. On his behalf, I will attend the meeting on behalf of the government.”

The letter represents a recent controversy between the opposition and the Liberal Party over a Conservative-sponsored motion passed by the House of Commons last week, and other members of the staff of Tais and Trudeau testify before the committee. I called to.

The motion also described how former Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan attended the Defense Commission and how the Liberal Party handled allegations of sexual misconduct against General Jonathan Vance, the former commander of the Canadian Armed Forces. I asked to clarify.

Rodriguez showed on Friday that the Liberal Party would ignore the move, accusing the Conservatives of trying to intimidate political staff, and arguing that the minister was ultimately responsible for those who worked for them.

A motion passed with the support of the opposition showed that Trudeau’s staff could ignore the request to appear if the Prime Minister himself attended.

Hours before Rodriguez sent a letter to Warkentin, Conservative lawmakers Pierre Poirievre and Michael Barrett had to appear by the Prime Minister himself if Trudeau’s staff did not answer the ethics committee’s questions. He said it wouldn’t be.

“If Trudeau’s staff can’t testify, he can testify,” Poilievre said at a press conference at the Houses of Parliament.

“We ask him to testify in front of the Ethics Commission for more than four hours …. He has long with the WE brothers why his staff set up the program and subsidized taxpayer money. You can answer if you were engaged in a series of communications. “

Poilievre and Barrett did not say what actions the opposition could or would take if the Liberal Party ignored the motion, but instead portrayed the issue as respecting the will of Congress. ..

Barrett later blasted Rodriguez’s plan to attend a committee meeting instead, noting that a majority of parliamentarians had specially nominated Trudeau and his staff.

“No mention of government house leaders is included,” he added.

“For more than a week, the Liberal Party used the excuse that the minister should testify in front of the committee. The key figures in Trudeau’s WE scandal worked for the prime minister, not the government house leader. I will. “

Rodriguez spokesman Mark Kennedy defended the government’s decision to replace the prime minister with a leader in the House of Representatives.

“Last week, it was the leader of the government building that led the government’s response to the opposition’s motion, forcing its staff to appear on the committee,” Kennedy said in an email.

“He will represent the government on the Ethics Commission tomorrow. The minister is jointly responsible for the actions of people throughout the government.”

Although the Prime Minister usually does not testify in front of the Commission, Trudeau attended the Finance Commission last July and answered questions about the government’s decision to implement a multi-million dollar student volunteer program.

He then withdrew the $ 543 million agreement, following questions and concerns about the prime minister’s close relationship with his family, before the Canadian Student Services Grant Program was completely revoked.

Liberal and WE co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger argued that it was nonpartisan civil servants who came up with the idea of ​​having a Toronto-based organization run a grant program.

However, the Conservatives have withheld some of the thousands of email exchanges and other documents released by the government in August after Trudeau testified, as evidence that the arrangement was dictated by the Liberal Party.

They contain a message from Craig Kielburger. In this message, Kielberger’s younger brother seems to thank Benten, one of Trudeau’s senior advisers, for helping to shape the student grant program.

Craig Kielburger told the Ethics Commission two weeks ago that Chin wasn’t directly involved and the message was one of the dozens of assistants sent when Kielburger tried to expand his LinkedIn network. Told. Chin is one of the things conservatives want to testify in front of the committee.

By Lee Berthiaume

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