Liberal Sponsorship Scandal

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, today two people were arrested and charged with fraud, representing just 2% of the $100 million at the heart of the Liberal sponsorship scandal. Clearly there is more to come given the rush of Liberal members who want to shut down the Public Accounts Committee so the Prime Minister can go to the polls before his hypocrisy on almost every issue becomes clear to the voters.

Is it not true that the Liberals want to shut down the Committee because they know that today's arrests are just the tip of the iceberg of Liberal corruption? Is that not what is really going on?

Hon. Anne McLellan (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, far from shutting down the Public Accounts Committee, it was the government that asked that Committee to sit early. It is the government that has been encouraging that Committee to get on with its work. I want to thank the Members who have been working very hard.

I think it is appropriate to have an interim report, if that is the decision of the Committee this week. I think it is appropriate to let Canadians know about the dozens of witnesses who have been heard and the state of the investigation by the Committee to this point.

However let me reassure the hon. Member and the House that it was the Prime Minister and the government that said we would get to the bottom of this matter.

This Question Period Transcript was posted on May 10, 2004