New Democrat Party leader Jagmeet Singh accused the Conservatives of opposing a public inquiry into election interference on the same day he voted against a motion for one.
On Tuesday, Singh and every other NDP MP voted against a Conservative-led motion that would have forced a public inquiry into Chinese election interference.
On the very same Tuesday night in Parliament, Singh had the gall to say the Conservatives didn’t want a public inquiry.
The NDP’s support for the Trudeau Liberals was the difference-maker in blocking the public inquiry.
The Conservatives’ motion would have required Telford to testify before a Conservative-led Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.
The call for a public inquiry follows several leaks to the media from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) that suggested the Chinese Communist Party interfered in Canada’s 2019 and 2021 elections to help Trudeau win.
Singh had threatened to vote in favour of the Conservative’s motion unless Trudeau stopped blocking his Chief of Staff, Katie Telford, from testifying on election interference in the Procedure and House Affairs Committee (PROC). The PROC is investigating election interference, but it’s not a public inquiry.
After Singh’s threat, Trudeau conceded and said he would finally allow Telford to testify after having his Liberal MPs spend a combined twenty-four hours filibustering all previous attempts to have her speak.
Singh’s NDP MPs had proposed a motion weeks before to have a public inquiry, which the Conservative and Bloq Québécois MPs supported, but the motion wasn’t held in the House of Commons, and Trudeau was able to reject it — which he did.
Trudeau instead opted to appoint his own handpicked “special rapporteur” to investigate the matter of election interference, appointing his family friend David Johnston.
Subsequently, the Conservatives put forward a new motion in the House of Commons, which the NDP-Liberals all voted against on Tuesday. Bloq Québécois and Conservative MPs voted in favour of the motion, but lost the vote thanks to the NDP backing the Liberals as usual.
Last week, a poll showed that one in five Canadians don’t believe Trudeau was legitimately elected as questions about Chinese electoral interference mount.