Conservatives Call for Emergency Foreign Affairs Committee Meeting

July 26, 2019
Conservatives Call for Emergency Foreign Affairs Committee Meeting
to Examine Justin Trudeau’s Attempts to Silence his Critics

 
July 26, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, ON – Conservatives members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development have called for an emergency meeting to examine the matter of the Trudeau government applying undue pressure on former career diplomats David Mulroney and Guy Saint-Jacques.

MPs Erin O’Toole, Ziad Aboultaif and Leona Alleslev sent a letter to the Clerk of the Foreign Affairs Committee requesting an examination of the Prime Minister’s recent attempts to silence his critics. At the emergency meeting, Conservatives intend to call the following witnesses: Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, Paul Thoppil, Assistant Deputy Minister for Asia-Pacific, Global Affairs Canada, Mr. Mulroney and Mr. Saint-Jacques.
 
“These exchanges are highly inappropriate and represent a blatant attempt by Justin Trudeau to muzzle respected former career diplomats. Justin Trudeau has shown a clear pattern of silencing those who speak out,” said the Hon. Erin O’Toole, Conservative Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. “As Mr. Mulroney stated, discouraging private citizens with expertise in foreign relations from speaking freely is ‘fundamentally an undemocratic idea’. Justin Trudeau must answer for the many times he has exploited Canada’s non-partisan, public service for his own political purpose.”
 
The full letter can be read here.