CORNER BROOK, NL— Liberal Public Accounts critic Gerry Byrne made the following statement today regarding the government’s decision to block the Auditor General from releasing documents on the F-35:
“Because of this government’s lack of honesty and transparency about the F-35, Canadians have been forced to measures like access to information requests and reports from the Auditor General in order to find out the truth about the F-35 and its costs. Now it is blocking an attempt by the Auditor General to release documents pertaining to the F-35.
The Liberal Party does not believe that Parliamentary Privilege should keep this information from the public. However, since the House of Commons has asserted Parliamentary Privilege, we have put forward a motion at the Standing Committee on Public Accounts urging the waiving of this right.
If the Conservatives would have been transparent and accountable with the public regarding the F-35, we would not have to go to such lengths to inform the public of their intentions.”.
Mr. Byrne’s motion is as follows:
The Standing Committee on Public Accounts does not believe that Parliamentary Privilege covers email communication between the committee and the Auditor General relating to his appearance on the F-35, however, since the House of Commons has asserted Parliamentary Privilege, the committee waives this privilege in this instance, and recommends that the House of Commons drop the legal action to prevent the release of these documents under the Access to Information Act.