A plan my the Tories to reopen the investigation into the billion-dollar WE scandal ended in chaos with the Liberal chair of the finance committee halting the hearing and muting everyone of the Zoom call.

In a motion tabled during Thursday’s ethics committee meeting, the Conservatives asked to get “a copy of all records pertaining to speaking appearances arranged, since Oct.14, 2008, for Justin Trudeau, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Margaret Trudeau and Alexandre Trudeau.”

The motion demands documents release “the fee provided, any expenses that were reimbursed and the name of the company, organization, person or entity booking it.”

It has already been revealed the family of Prime Minister Trudeau have been paid hundred of thousands of dollars in speaker fees by the now shuttered in Canada charity.

But the meeting descended into chaos and there was no vote on the proposal and no future meeting has been scheduled.

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Chair Wayne Easter suspended the meeting “until further notice” to determine whether the motion was in order procedurally.

Tory finance critic Pierre Poilievre fired back Easter did not have the authority to do that, calling on him repeatedly to “have the courage to hold a vote.”

“Meeting suspended,” Easter repeated over and over.

“Point of order,” Poilievre  repeated over and over.

Poilievre then said he would take the chair and carry on the meeting himself, to which Easter refused.

“Mr. Easter, you are out of order. Mr. Easter you are out of order,” Poilievre kept repeating.

Audio was then killed and viewers were left with scenes of Poilievre wagging his pen at Easter.


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“Liberal chair suddenly and without authority, muted the audio and then turned off the zoom meeting to halt my Finance Committee motion on the WE cover-up,” Poilievre tweeted moments later.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief

Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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