Liberals continue filibuster over WE affair at Commons ethics committee

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The House of Commons ethics committee continues to be stuck on a motion to examine government spending during the COVID-19 pandemic and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's relationship with WE Charity.
     
Liberal MPs occupied most of two hours with ruminations on the role of Parliament, the proper business of the ethics committee, and the value of the organizations the other parties' MPs want to examine.
     
In the end, the committee adjourned without taking a vote, and its chair David Sweet said he wasn't sure when it could meet again.
     
The motion is a third attempt at examining conflicts of interest in the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, after two tries to probe Trudeau's relationship with WE Charity each failed by one vote.
     
The motion before the committee was proposed Monday by NDP MP Charlie Angus before it was amended twice to expand its scope beyond WE.
     
Liberal MP Brenda Shanahan spoke for about 30 minutes at the beginning of the committee's meeting, saying the proposed probe is now too broad.