KELLIGREWS, NL— The House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics must reconvene in the coming days to discuss the growing number of allegations against Dean Del Mastro, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, said Liberal Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics critic Scott Andrews today.
“Mr. Del Mastro says he wants a process put in place by which he can clear his name,” said Mr. Andrews. “By proposing this meeting, the Liberal Party is providing Mr. Del Mastro the opportunity, with full Parliamentary immunity, to respond to these very serious allegations. This is a process that he has been asking for and we hope that he will put his money where his mouth is, agree to appear and provide the documents that he claims will exonerate him.”
Mr. Andrews is submitting a letter to the Clerk of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics to recall committee members to Parliament to discuss conducting a study of the ethical standards of public office holders, focusing particularly on the recent revelations concerning the ethical behaviour of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Mr. Del Mastro.
“As one of the most senior public office holders in the Canadian government and as the Prime Minister’s hand-picked right-hand man, Mr. Del Mastro needs to be beyond reproach, and the allegations against him go to the very heart of electoral fairness and the integrity of our elected officials,” said Mr. Andrews. “The NDP claim to recognize this and have stated that they want the RCMP to investigate this issue. Given the gravity of this situation we trust that the NDP will submit similar letters to the committee and finally support our endeavour to allow Parliament to probe these disturbing allegations.”
The text of Mr. Andrews’ letter to the Clerk of the Ethics committee is available here.
A previous June 15th motion put forward by Mr. Andrews to undertake a study into allegations against Mr. Del Mastro is available here.