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O'Toole pledges to restart WE committees that Trudeau closed

Erin O'Toole has pledged to renew the committees that the prime minister cancelled through the prorogation of Parliament.
Nico Johnson Montreal, QC

The new leader of the Conservative Party Erin O'Toole has pledged to renew the committees that the prime minister cancelled through the prorogation of Parliament.

These committees were set to examine the prime minister and his government's role in facilitating a controversial $900 WE contract which later led to Trudeau's polls dropping and his finance minister's resignation.

Some have suggested that Trudeau's prorogation of parliament was a method of avoiding further parliamentary scrutiny. "This is a cover up," said the shadow Finance Minister Pierre Poilievre.

"The prime minister personally intervened to give half a billion dollar grant to a group that had paid his family half a million dollars," he added. "He is covering it up by blacking it out, and shutting down our investigations."

As a result of Trudeau's throne speech, many parliamentary committee will be overwhelmed when parliament resumes with the legislation the prime minister seeks to introduce.  

O'Toole, in particular, has pledged to re-open the committees of Canadian-Chinese relations and Trudeau's WE scandal.

In a phone conversation between O'Toole and Trudeau, "O'Toole also stressed the importance of parliamentary committees resuming as quickly as possible following the Speech from the Throne so that Members of Parliament can continue their investigations," recounted his staffers in a statement.

The prime minister defended his decision to prorogue parliament by saying "we need a mandate from this Parliament."

"We are proroguing Parliament to bring it back on exactly the same week it was supposed to come back anyway and force a confidence vote," added the prime minister.

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