Comments attributed to Gerald Butts an 'attack' on Indian government: Scheer

Andrew Scheer

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is speaking out about what he calls an "attack'' on the government of India by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's former principal secretary.

In a report published in the National Post this week, Gerald Butts accuses the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to sabotage the Trudeau government's controversial trip to India in 2018.

Scheer calls the comments "troubling'' and says he wants to see evidence from Butts, who resigned as principal secretary earlier this year at the height of the SNC-Lavalin controversy, but is back helping with the Liberal re-election effort.

Otherwise, says Scheer, Trudeau should fire his long-time friend from the campaign for making what he calls "baseless allegations.''

The comments attributed to Butts appeared in the Post as part of an excerpt from columnist John Ivison's forthcoming new book, "Trudeau: The Education of a Prime Minister.''

In the book, Butts, who was still with the Prime Minister's Office at the time of the interview, accuses Modi's government of being "out to screw us'' and of "throwing tacks'' under Canada's tires in order to help Canadian conservatives.