Conservative members of the Home of Commons defence committee plan to maneuver a movement on Friday to push for an look by Katie Telford, chief of workers to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
A duplicate of the movement obtained by World Information reveals the Tories plan to ask for her to be invited to look subsequent week for at least two hours to reply after testimony final week by former colleague Elder Marques.
Marques, who was a senior advisor within the Prime Minister’s Workplace in 2018, instructed the committee Telford was conscious of a 2018 allegation towards Gen. Jonathan Vance and that he stored her up to date as bureaucrats on the Privy Council Workplace opened a probe — which they deserted shortly thereafter — into the matter.
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The revelation instantly prompted contemporary questions on why one in every of Trudeau’s closest confidantes and his most senior workers member wouldn’t have shared the existence of an allegation with him.
Trudeau doubled-down in defence of Telford on Tuesday, describing her as a key chief and a driving component of why the federal government calls itself a “feminist” one.
These feminist credentials have been beneath hearth for practically three months, nonetheless, following reporting by World Information on Feb. 2 that exposed allegations of inappropriate behaviour by Vance.
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Vance denies the allegations.
Trudeau insisted “no person knew it was a Me Too grievance” when requested on Tuesday whether or not he believes that Telford ought to have knowledgeable him of the 2018 allegation towards Vance.
Authorities data appeared to contradict that although, displaying bureaucrats had been knowledgeable that the allegation associated to “sexual harassment” on the identical day as Marques had testified that he requested them to probe the matter — March 2, 2018.
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Michael Wernick, who was clerk of the Privy Council on the time, has testified that Marques had a gathering with a senior PCO bureaucrat in addition to the chief of workers to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, on that very same afternoon.
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Sajjan has stated repeatedly that he refused to take a look at the proof supplied by then-military ombudsman Gary Walbourne when Walbourne alerted him to an allegation towards Vance on March 1, 2018.
Conservatives have additionally put a movement on discover that might see the Home of Commons debate whether or not to name on the federal government to launch a public inquiry into the dealing with of the matter.
The movement is one in every of a number of that may very well be chosen for debate by the Conservatives on opposition day on Thursday — a day put aside for debate on a matter chosen by the Official Opposition.
A Conservative supply instructed World Information the movement is into account.
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