Ottawa, ON — Raquel Dancho, Conservative Shadow Minister for Public Safety, the Hon. Rob Moore, Conservative Shadow Minister for Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Dane Lloyd, Conservative Shadow Minister for Emergency Preparedness, and Pierre Paul-Hus, Conservative Shadow Minister for Public Services and Procurement, released the following statement in response to information that the Department of Justice withheld crucial evidence in its disclosure to the Nova Scotia mass casualty inquiry:
“Canadians were shocked to learn Trudeau’s Liberal government may have politically interfered with the ongoing RCMP investigation into the tragic Nova Scotia mass killings to advance their political agenda.
“RCMP Superintendent Campbell’s written evidence made it clear that the political interference and pressure placed on the RCMP Commissioner to compromise an active investigation came right from the top of the Liberal government.
“Now we are learning that the Liberal government is covering up that evidence to hide the truth.
“When Minister David Lametti’s Department of Justice sent 132 pages of RCMP Superintendent Campbell’s written evidence to the inquiry, what was noticeably missing were the 4 crucial pages that implicated the Liberal government.
“Canadians will find it hard to believe that the Minister’s department just happened to miss those 4 critical pages of evidence. This is no coincidence. This was no accident. This is a cover-up.
“This is no small matter and sadly, this is not the first time. Just like with the SNC Lavalin and WE Charity scandals, the Trudeau government denies, deflects, and seeks to pin the blame on others – and now they have been caught hiding key evidence.
“Canadians demand answers. We cannot get to the truth if the government is being dishonest about its role in these allegations.
“That is why Conservatives have submitted a motion calling on Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, David Lametti, to appear as a witness at the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) as part of its study on the allegations of political interference in the 2020 Nova Scotia Mass Murder investigation.
“The Liberals on the committee already blocked our call for the Prime Minister’s office to provide answers at committee. We are calling on them to right this wrong, support our efforts to bring in all relevant witnesses, and fulfil their obligation to be open and transparent with Canadians.
“Conservatives will continue to fight for the truth and hold the Trudeau government to account for their appalling behaviour on behalf of all Canadians.”