Prime Minister Trudeau Set to Prorogue Parliament

House of Commons and the Library of Parliament Summer
House of Commons and the Library of Parliament

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set, according to reports, to prorogue Parliament.

A prorogation would end the current Parliamentary session. This would mean all of the existing legislative matters would die on the order paper.  It would also halt the currently ongoing WE Charity committee probes. However, it would also be possible for both current bills and committee work to be reinstated with a parliamentary motion during a new session.

The move, seen by the Opposition as a means of having the Liberals distance the government from the WE scandal.

The Prime Minister is set to appoint Christine Freeland, the current Deputy-Prime Minister to the finance portfolio after the resignation of Bill Morneau yesterday.

This would mean a minor shuffle of the Liberal cabinet which the Prime Minister is expected to announce this afternoon.

Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement following reports that the Trudeau Liberals’ intend to prorogue Parliament until October:

“Earlier this year, Justin Trudeau shamefully shut down Parliament to try and avoid accountability.  Now he has locked out Opposition MPs who were working hard to fix his government’s pandemic programs, help Canadians and get to the bottom of his corruption scandal.

“Justin Trudeau is walking out on Canadians in the middle of a major health and economic crisis, in a disgusting attempt to make Canadians forget about his corruption.

“At a time when Canadians are looking for stability and leadership, Justin Trudeau has given them corruption, chaos, and cover-ups.

“Canadians have serious questions about the Trudeau WE Scandal. They deserve better than a spineless Prime Minister who uses the power of his office to shut down multiple investigations into his decision to hand $900 million of your tax dollars to his friends at WE.

“Hiding out for two months won’t solve the Liberals’ ethical problems.  As long as Justin Trudeau is Prime Minister, the corruption will continue.

“Conservatives will continue to hold Justin Trudeau and his government accountable and we will keep fighting for the answers that Canadians deserve.”