Ethics Committee: the Bloc tries to correct its mistake, the NDP opposes it

Ethics Committee: the Bloc tries to correct its mistake, the NDP opposes it

According to Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet, Monday's committee gave rise to “procedural nonsense” from the NDP.

Share November 2, 2020 3:28 p.m. Share Ethics committee: the Bloc is trying to correct its mistake, the NDP opposes it Catherine Lévesque The Canadian Press OTTAWA – The rag is still burning between the Bloc Québécois and the New Democratic Party.

On Monday, the Bloc attempted to correct its mistake of last week by tabling a new motion in the parliamentary ethics committee that would have obtained documents relating to the fees of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau for lectures given in the last 12 years.

A similar motion to obtain documents related to the organization UNIS (WE Charity) was defeated by the Bloc Quebecois Julie Vignola, who had replaced her colleague Marie-Hélène Gaudreau for the time of a vote. Bloc parliamentary leader Alain Therrien argued that it was a “mistake” because of a translation problem.

New Democrat Charlie Angus did not believe the Bloc's version. He therefore defeated the new motion introduced by the party on Monday by abstaining from voting.

Mr. Angus subsequently tabled his own motion to conduct a study of several government programs during the pandemic. There, the Bloc was able to add elements of its Monday motion to obtain, once and for all, the documents on the fees of Mr. Trudeau and Ms. Grégoire Trudeau for public appearances.

“Procedural stupidities”

According to Bloc leader Yves-François Blanchet, Monday's committee gave rise to “procedural nonsense” from the NDP.

Last week, Mr. Blanchet revealed that the bridges had been cut between the Bloc and the NDP.

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