Thursday, June 09, 2005

June 9, 2005: Edmonton Journal Reports "Opposition MPs Want 'The Truth'"

Opposition MPs want 'the truth'
Edmonton Journal
Thursday, June 9, 2005
Page: A7
Section: News
Dateline: OTTAWA
Source: CanWest News Service

OTTAWA - Opposition parties turned their guns on Prime Minister Paul Martin Wednesday, demanding to know what role he played in the taping scandal that has engulfed a cabinet minister and his closest advisor, and why he did not intervene if suspected criminal and ethical breaches occurred.

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe has asked the RCMP to decide if Martin was negligent in not making a complaint against Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal if, as the Liberals assert, he was looking to sell his vote for government postings for he and his wife, fellow Tory MP Nina Grewal.

"The implication of that is when you're giving an order to someone like your chief of staff to negotiate with someone ready to commit a criminal infraction, I think it's something like complicity," Duceppe said after question period.

Grewal, along with Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh, are already under investigation by Parliament's Ethics Commissioner Bernard Shapiro.

The NDP said Wednesday they'll ask Shapiro to rethink his ruling that Murphy falls outside the reach of his mandate because he isn't an elected official. If that bid fails, the NDP will immediately ask Shapiro to investigate Martin himself in order to get at his top aide.

"We don't intend to take our eye off the ultimate objective here, which is to find out the truth," said NDP Leader Jack Layton.