Conservative MPs speak with reporters on Parliament Hill ahead of their weekly caucus meeting. House leader Gérard Deltell is asked about the motion from the Bloc Québécois on the October Crisis in Quebec. His colleagues Pierre Paul-Hus and Richard Martel are also asked about the motion. The Conservative party plans to vote against the motion. The Bloc will introduce a motion that calls for the prime minister to formally apologize for the federal government’s decision in 1970 to invoke the War Measures Act. In October 1970, the federal government under then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau invoked the Act and deployed the army in response to the kidnapping of Quebec cabinet minister Pierre Laporte and British diplomat James Cross by members of the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ). Nearly 500 Quebeckers were arrested and detained.
Conservative ethics critic Michael Barrett discusses the WE Charity affair. The Commons ethics committee voted the previous day against his motion that called for the Speakers’ Spotlight agency to provide details of fees paid since 2008 to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of his family for events involving WE Charity. (no interpretation)