THE Conservatives on Tuesday mocked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s abrupt reversal on allowing the National Security Advisor National Security Advisor, Daniel Jean, to appear before the Public Safety and National Security Committee to brief MPs on how “a convicted attempted murderer” was allowed to attend events with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in India.
Chief Opposition Whip Mark Strahl said in a statement to members of the Conservative National Caucus: “We will leave it to the Prime Minister to explain to his caucus why he forced them to vote against numerous motions at committee which would have allowed this briefing to happen weeks ago, and why he forced them to vote for 20 straight hours to prevent this briefing from occurring, only to suddenly allow it to happen days later.”
He added: “I would like to thank all Conservative MPs and Senators for their hard work in helping us get to this point. We have been relentless in keeping up the pressure on the Liberals for their India cover-up, but there is more work to do.
“The Liberals on the Public Safety Committee have repeatedly blocked these hearings and we cannot let the pressure off. That said, until Daniel Jean’s testimony is complete, the current ban on travel will remain in place. Unfortunately we cannot trust the Liberals to do the right thing unless we keep the pressure on them. I know we are up to the task.”
However, as reported in The VOICE last week, Jaspal Atwal, the man at the heart of the controversy, had phoned the Conservative Party and told them that he was willing to appear before any committee to give his side of the story. He characterized the Liberal Party’s take on his presence at the reception in India as lies and said he wanted to expose them.
This week, CBC reported: “Atwal maintains that he is not an agent of the Indian government, has reformed and regrets his youthful actions. He said he would like to clear the air before the parliamentary committee.
“”I am seeing all this circus going around, sick and tired with that, and I want to tell the truth,” said Atwal. “I want to come to committee and they can ask me any question they want.
“”They can [use a] lie detector or they can ask [me] under oath. I have no problem with that.””