Canadian News Nov 16, 2020 5:27 PM EST

BREAKING: Liberals to pick and choose which blacked-out WE documents they will send to law clerk

The Trudeau Liberals will be providing a select few unredacted documents to the non-partisan parliamentary law clerk, who will then be tasked with deciding what information should be blacked out to protect party secrets.

BREAKING: Liberals to pick and choose which blacked-out WE documents they will send to law clerk
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC
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The Trudeau Liberals will be providing a select few unredacted documents to the non-partisan parliamentary law clerk, who will then be tasked with deciding what information should be blacked out to protect party secrets.

"We have now agreed to send unredacted documents to the law clerk, except those that were redacted to protect cabinet confidences and unrelated material as already allowed by the committee motion," reads the tweet from Government House leader Pablo Rodriguez.

"It is time that the opposition sets partisanship aside and gets back to the important work of combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting Canadians," he continued.

This morning, Conservative Finance Critic Pierre Poilievre called on the Liberals to reach a compromise in the everlasting WE Charity scandal, requesting that the Liberals provide all documents to the law clerk in order for him to decide what are party secrets and what are not. In that way, Rodriguez's concession differs, something that Poilievre highlighted while talking to reporters on Monday morning.

"Mr. Rodriguez is claiming that he can decide what's unrelated. That's the key sticking point. But, if these documents that he wants to cover up are really unrelated, why were they included in the original bundle, and blacked out?" He told reporters.

"If the government insists it needs to put aside what it claims are cabinet confidences, fine. We'll do that for now. Put them aside for the moment. Let's look at every other document under the eyes of the law clerk who can review them in private and report whether or not anything further should be released. If Mr. Rodriguez has nothing to hide, if Mr. Trudeau has nothing to hide, he'll agree immediately to my offer."

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