Canada Trudeau's national security adviser to testify before committee on India trip today

12:22  16 april  2018
12:22  16 april  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

New security committee to look at Atwal case

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The controversy surrounding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ' s trip to India had a short-lived stint on the Senate stage Wednesday.

OTTAWA — National security adviser Daniel Jean has made a formal request to appear at a House of Commons committee to brief MPs on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ' s state visit to India . Liberal MP John McKay, who chairs the public safety and national security committee

a man wearing a suit and tie: Daniel Jean, Canadian National Security Advisor, will appear before the House of Commons' national security and defence committee today to explain his version of events surrounding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent trip to India.© fred Chartrand/Canadian Press Daniel Jean, Canadian National Security Advisor, will appear before the House of Commons' national security and defence committee today to explain his version of events surrounding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent trip to India.

The prime minister's national security adviser will appear before a House of Commons committee today to explain a controversial briefing he gave reporters about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent trip to India.

Daniel Jean's appearance before the House of Commons' national security and defence committee is something for which the Conservatives have lobbied hard. Last month, they even held a marathon voting session on a series of motions in the House that lasted the better part of 24 hours to pressure Trudeau to let Jean testify before MPs.

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The Conservatives are preparing to force Parliament to pull an all-nighter on Thursday to compel Justin Trudeau to call his national security adviser to testify at a public committee about the Prime Minister’ s recent trip to India .

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau ' s national security adviser is offering to give an unclassified briefing to MPs on a Commons committee about the prime minister's trip to India , in addition to a more in-depth classified briefing to Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said he wanted Jean to explain why he tried to blame Trudeau's trouble-laden trip on rogue political elements in India seeking to embarrass the PM and pressure him to crack down on Sikh extremists in Canada.

While Trudeau was touring India in February, Jean gave reporters in Ottawa an off-the-record briefing that was intended to explain how a former Sikh extremist and failed political assassin managed to get himself invited to events with the Trudeaus.

Jaspal Atwal — a Canadian of Indian descent who was convicted of attempted murder for trying to assassinate Indian cabinet minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu while he was visiting Vancouver Island in 1986 — turned up at an official event and got an invitation to another at the Canadian High Commission in Dehli.

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Justin Trudeau ' s national security adviser is on the verge of retirement — although insiders insist it has nothing to do with the controversy over his suggestion that factions in India 's government sabotaged the prime minister's trip there in February.

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau ' s national security adviser is on the verge of retirement — although insiders insist it has nothing to do with the controversy over his suggestion that factions in India 's government sabotaged the prime minister's trip there in February.

Photos of Atwal posing with a Liberal cabinet minister and Trudeau's wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, at an Indian film industry event in Mumbai were sent to media outlets, including the CBC, touching off a public relations firestorm for the Trudeau government.

a man and woman posing for a picture: Sophie Gregoire Trudeau with Jaspal Atwal at an Indian film industry event in Mumbai in February during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's official visit to India.© Submitted by Jaspal Atwal Sophie Gregoire Trudeau with Jaspal Atwal at an Indian film industry event in Mumbai in February during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's official visit to India.

Liberal Surrey Centre MP Randeep Sarai said he was the one who submitted Atwal's name to the High Commissioner to be added to the guest list for the dinner-reception. The Vancouver-born Sarai was one of 14 Liberal MPs travelling with Trudeau on the official visit.

The incident complicated Trudeau's efforts at the time to convince India that Canada stands firm against extremism and does not back Sikh separatism, or the violence that has been employed by some to pursue it.

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National security adviser Daniel Jean has made a formal request to appear at a House of Commons committee to brief MPs on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ' s state visit to India .

At issue was the Liberal government’s refusal to support a Conservative demand that national security adviser Daniel Jean be called to testify before a Commons committee about a briefing he gave journalists during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ’ s ill-starred visit to India .

'Some clarity would be helpful'

Once the media reports about Jean's off-the-record briefing surfaced, the Conservatives accused the Liberals of trying to shift the blame for the affair onto Indian officials to avoid accepting responsibility for having invited Atwal themselves.

The Conservatives asked that Jean provide the same briefing to MPs that he had given to reporters. Trudeau offered instead to have Jean give Scheer a classified briefing.

Scheer eventually agreed to the briefing, on the condition that Jean would first give the House of Commons national security and defence committee an unclassified version of the briefing.

Both government and opposition MPs told CBC Radio's The House they will be looking for more transparency during the meeting.

While the Conservatives have been pushing for openness for weeks, it now seems some Liberals might have similar questions.

"I would think that some clarity would be helpful," John McKay, chair of the committee, said. "All sides would prefer a redo on this, but there is no redo."

The truth has proved elusive, as several accounts of events have been floated since the trip. Jean is one of the few people in possession of multiple pieces of the puzzle — both classified and unclassified.

Jean says he tried to dispel misinformation

  Jean says he tried to dispel misinformation OTTAWA - National security adviser Daniel Jean says it was important to brief the media about the prime minister's visit to India to dispel "co-ordinated misinformation" about the presence of a convicted attempted assassin at an event on the trouble-plagued trip. Jean appeared Monday before the House of Commons public safety and national security committee to explain his role in the controversy, which has plagued Justin Trudeau's government for weeks. Jean appeared Monday before the House of Commons public safety and national security committee to explain his role in the controversy, which has plagued Justin Trudeau's government for weeks.

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau ' s national security adviser is on the verge of retirement — although insiders insist it has nothing to do with the controversy over his suggestion that factions in India 's government sabotaged the prime minister's trip there in February.

OTTAWA – Liberal MPs have thwarted a bid by Conservatives to force Justin Trudeau ’ s national security adviser to explain his assertion that rogue elements in the Indian government sabotaged the prime minister’s trip to India last week.

"Hopefully Mr. Jean will shine some light on which version is the truth," Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O'Toole told host Chris Hall.

"We think that Mr. Jean was forced out to the media by the Prime Minister's Office as a damage control measure. That should never be done to someone who's a national security adviser."

McKay said he anticipates some of the questions at the committee will stray into classified territory, but he expects members to be respectful of the procedures.

Jean will testify before the committee today at 12 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, the committee of MPs and senators that oversees Canada's national security services, the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP), is also conducting its own review of the India debacle.

According to a statement, it will look at "specifically those [allegations] relating to foreign interference in Canadian political affairs, risks to the security of the prime minister, and inappropriate use of intelligence."

The committee will provide a classified report on its findings to the prime minister in late May. An unclassified version of the report will be tabled in both the House of Commons and the Senate.

Atwal has stated that he, too, wants to clear the air before a parliamentary committee, but he has not yet been cleared to testify.

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