Canada’s Liberal minority government will continue to remain in power after the NDP, Greens and two independent MPs joined the party to vote against a Conservative motion to create a special anti-corruption committee, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deemed a confidence vote. The defeat of the motion effectively averted a snap election this fall.
The motion would have given the committee broad powers to call witnesses, including the prime minister and other ministers, and to demand documents on a range of issues, including the speaking fees earned by Trudeau’s mother and brother over the past 12 years in relation to the WE Charity scandal.
The Liberals maintained the Conservative-proposed committee would amount to a time-consuming fishing expedition that would paralyze the government when it should be focused on helping Canadians through the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A separate amendment was made by the Conservatives to remove the word “anti-corruption” from the committee was also defeated.
The dispute in the House of Commons came after the Liberals filibustered opposition attempts to revive their investigations into the WE affair at the House of Commons finance and ethics committees, whose probes were shut down when Trudeau prorogued Parliament in August.
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