Scheer takes issue with security report on PM’s India trip

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The heavily redacted section on the security report presented by the National Security and Intelligence Committee on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ill-fated trip to India has come in for criticism from Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.

“The security report on Justin Trudeau’s disastrous trip to Indian was ‘released’ today. Unfortunately, the Trudeau Liberals got to it first and redacted most of the information. So much for transparency,” he wrote in a tweet.

It’s difficult to tell what the redactions were addressing — the very name of that section is redacted in the report.

The report on that controversial India trip blamed severe failings in the government’s vetting system for guest lists on foreign visits for the appearance of convicted attempted assassin Jaspal Atwal at official events in India.

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However, many parts of the report were subject to redactions.

NDP MP Nathan Cullen, the party’s critic for ethics and democratic reform, joined Scheer in criticizing the report.

He noted that 10 out of the report’s 18 findings and three out of five recommendations were partially or completely redacted.

“The Prime Minister’s Office gets the last look and took out a big black pen. Real answers are under that black pen,” Cullen said on Twitter.

The section dealing with allegations of foreign interference in Canadian affairs was most heavily redacted.

Meanwhile the RCMP has admitted that they made a mistake when they failed to inform Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s protective detail that would-be political assassin Jaspal Atwal was planning to join the PM during his official visit to India earlier this year, according to a new report by a joint committee of MPs and senators. -CINEWS

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