RCMP whistle-blowers had been trying since the fall to drop their bombshell on the public record, but the public accounts committee voted repeatedly to keep them off the witness stand and their documents suppressed from the public record...
And if you’re looking for the most bizarre acts of obstruction and interference, look no further than Conservative MPs, possibly acting under orders from above, who voted as a block to sweep the accusations under the rug.
It’s incredible and inexplicable why a government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, which wraps itself in the uniform of aggressive law and order, would vote repeatedly to deny RCMP officers...
His motion was rejected by all five Conservative members. He asked to take the matter behind closed doors. He was voted down again.
After hearing from a number of witnesses previewing the allegations in mid-February, he put forward a motion to grant the whistle-blowers parliamentary immunity to testify. He was voted down by the Conservative members and a lone New Democrat.
Mr. Wrzesnewskyj felt he had enough evidence to secure unanimous support to call in the whistleblowers. Even so, it only squeaked by on a single vote with all five Tories voting against the motion.
I don't understand why the Conservatives were deliberately trying to bury this information. Afterall, the Liberals were in power when the allegations took place, you would think the Tories would be excited to bring it all to light. Martin's article doesn't provide any answers, calling Conservative excuses "lame". From everything we know, there was no political reason for the Tories to consistently thwart the "whistle-blowers", which begs the question- are there things we don't know?
Conservative MP's don't act as individuals. If all of them repeatedly voted against airing this scandal, it clearly suggests a directive from the PMO. Why? The confusion makes me think we need a public inquiry, as the Liberals have argued. Something doesn't pass the smell test here.