Ottawa, ON - The Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, today responded to the offer of a briefing concerning the incident that saw a convicted attempted murderer attend official events during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's trip to India. Mr. Scheer has accepted the offer and has informed the government that he will invite members of the Conservative caucus and media to the portion of the briefing that will cover non-classified information.
“In correspondence with my Chief of Staff, the government confirmed that the information provided to journalists by Daniel Jean was not classified. In addition, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness confirmed that the information provided to the media by the National Security Advisor did not contain classified information,” said Scheer.
“Given these admissions, I believe it is appropriate for all members of the Conservative caucus to be present for the briefing and I will invite them to attend. I will also invite members of the media who were present for the original briefing with the National Security Advisor.”
Mr. Scheer informed the government that if it had any additional classified information to share, members of the Conservative Caucus who are also members of the Queen’s Privy Council will remain in the room for a separate briefing.
“Justin Trudeau has failed to be honest with Canadians about why a convicted attempted murderer was invited to his official events in India. The Prime Minister blamed rogue elements within the Indian government for Jaspal Atwal’s presence in India, but since that time, the Indian government, Randeep Sarai, Jaspal Atwal and the Minister of Foreign Affairs have all refuted Justin Trudeau’s claims."
"It’s becoming clear why Justin Trudeau is going to such lengths to cover-up the details of his trip to India. Just last week it was revealed that a Liberal Member of Parliament, who gets paid by a construction company in Brampton, secured access for his business partner to meet with the Prime Minister, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and the Minister responsible for economic development.”
For more information, please contact:
Virginie Bonneau Virginie.Bonneau@parl.gc.ca (613) 294-8150
Daniel Schow Daniel.Schow@parl.gc.ca (613) 286-1050
To the Clerk of the Privy Council;
I am writing in response to your recent correspondence, dated March 26, 2018, in which you offered a briefing concerning the incident that saw a convicted attempted murderer attend an official event during the Prime Minister's visit to India.
I am pleased to accept this briefing.
To be clear, you have confirmed to my Chief of Staff that the information provided to journalists by Daniel Jean was not classified. In addition, the Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness has also confirmed that the information provided by the National Security Advisor to the media did not contain classified information.
As such, it would be appropriate for all members of the Conservative caucus to be present in the room. I will invite them to attend.
I will also invite members of the media that were on the original call with the National Security Advisor. Since they have already received this same briefing, their presence would also be appropriate.
Should you wish to share additional classified information with me in my capacity as a Member of the Queen's Privy Council, after we have covered all the information that you have already confirmed is not classified, we can continue with only members of the Queen's Privy Council remaining in the room.
You indicated that this briefing can be held at my earliest convenience. Please confirm whether or not Wednesday the 18th of April would be available for you and Daniel Jean.
Hon. Andrew Scheer Leader of the Official Opposition