The RCMP have ended their probe into the Chuck Cadman affair and say no charges will be laid.
When this controversy first arose, the defence of the NDP position, "let the RCMP investigate first", because if the issue went to the Ethics Committee, according to Pat Martin, parliamentary privilege could be used, hindering the legal process, undercutting the RCMP investigation:
Martin had initially pushed for the parliamentary group to examine the matter but now raised concerns that any testimony heard there couldn't be used for future criminal prosecutions due to parliamentary privilege.
I've never bought the NDP position on Cadman, at least that it isn't political. I suppose a matter of opinion, but now that the RCMP has concluded its probe, with no charges to be laid, much of the past NDP rationale is mute. NDP supporters have argued that we must let the RCMP do their job, then we can discuss other avenues. Today, we have reached the next stage.
There are only a few relevant questions here for the NDP. Are they content with the response of the government on the issue of Cadman? Has Harper answered questions, to the satisfaction of the NDP? Does the NDP believe that what happened demands further review? There is no longer a conflict, there is no longer a legal route, there is no longer anywhere to hide. Will the NDP now join the other opposition parties and work together to get answers?