Thursday, October 21, 2021
ADVT 
National

Defence minister's aide skips committee hearing

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 06 Apr, 2021 04:48 PM
  • Defence minister's aide skips committee hearing

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's former chief of staff is the latest Liberal aide to avoid a House of Commons order that she testify before a parliamentary committee.

A majority of MPs approved a motion demanding Zita Astravas appear before the Commons defence committee to answer questions about the government’s handling of allegations of sexual misconduct involving Gen. Jonathan Vance.

The motion also called for two of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top advisers and one of Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s aides to appear before the Commons ethics committee to testify on the government’s now-dead deal with WE Charity.

But the Liberal government has said it will not let political staff appear before committees and is instead having Sajjan testify in place of Astravas, who is now chief of staff to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair.

Opposition members shut down an ethics committee hearing last week after Associate Finance Minister Mona Fortier appeared on behalf of Freeland’s aide Amitpal Singh.

But members of the defence committee have opted to grill Sajjan on what happened after then-military ombudsman Gary Walbourne flagged an allegation involving Vance in March 2018.

MORE National ARTICLES

Virtual service to mark Humboldt crash anniversary

Virtual service to mark Humboldt crash anniversary

The mayor has deemed today "2017-18 Humboldt Broncos Day" and would like to see that continued every April 6.

Virtual service to mark Humboldt crash anniversary

One arrested and two outstanding following a truck into a building in an attempt commercial break and enter.

One arrested and two outstanding following a truck into a building in an attempt commercial break and enter.

Officers from West Vancouver, North Vancouver and Vancouver Police Departments quickly set up containment in the area, and requested assistance from both VPD and RCMP K9 units.

One arrested and two outstanding following a truck into a building in an attempt commercial break and enter.

23 new deaths over 4 days

23 new deaths over 4 days

Since we last reported, we have had 579 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 986 new cases in the Fraser Health region. 

23 new deaths over 4 days

Vancouver Police investigate that city's 4th homicide

Vancouver Police investigate that city's 4th homicide

Police were flagged over in the unit block of West Hastings Street for reports of a man possibly suffering from a drug overdose just after 10 p.m. on April 4

Vancouver Police investigate that city's 4th homicide

A man's body pulled out of a Surrey home fire

A man's body pulled out of a Surrey home fire

Firefighters say crews were called from both Surrey and Delta to the area of 96 Avenue and 117 Street. 

A man's body pulled out of a Surrey home fire

Two Vancouver restaurants get business license suspended for breaking COVID19 rules

Two Vancouver restaurants get business license suspended for breaking COVID19 rules

Both the restaurants did not comply with the tougher restrictions announced by the Province and Dr. Bonnie Henry last week.

Two Vancouver restaurants get business license suspended for breaking COVID19 rules

PrevNext