While debate continues over who knew what about the G8 Legacy Fund and when (or at least who said what about who knew then), opposition members of the government operations committee hold out hope that Conservative MPs won’t block further investigation.
“The problem is a majority government can control what happens at committee, but I think if we can apply enough pressure and get strong media coverage, the government might agree to it because I think it is an important issue,” McCallum said in an interview..
Martin said he would like the committee to hear from Clement, from mayors of towns that received money from the fund, and from public servants who participated in the process. If Conservative MPs block the hearings they will leave the government open to accusations they are trying to cover up the affair, Martin said. “We’ll be talking serious, serious coverup — the likes of which we haven’t seen since the sponsorship scandal.”