The prime minister did not announce who would be named to the post of special rapporteur, only that he would be an “eminent Canadian” and that his work could begin in the coming weeks. He promised to consult the opposition parties.
Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet demanded that this person be appointed by parliament, currently in a minority situation, and not by the government Trudeau. “The prime minister can consult us in a bogus way,” he said.
Mr. Blanchet accuses the Prime Minister of wanting to choose a candidate whom he knows in advance is opposed to the holding of an independent public inquiry. If Parliament were to validate the candidacy of the future special rapporteur, the Liberal government would have to secure the support of at least one opposition party.
On the contrary, the leader of the New Democratic Party ( NDP), Jagmeet Singh, said he trusted the Liberal government to appoint an independent rapporteur. This, even if he wishes to be consulted.
“Usually when the government appoints [someone], from experience, the people appointed are people who do important work and take their job seriously. So we are confident in this question of appointment,” Mr. Singh said in a scrum.
In his opinion, the aspect of transparency is still lacking in the formula presented, for lack of a public survey. However, he did not want to say whether he could go back on his agreement with the Liberal Party of Canada (PLC) if the special rapporteur concluded that such an investigation is not necessary. According to this agreement, the NDP agrees to keep the PLC in power until 2025, under certain conditions.
The leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May, also made it clear this morning that it expects to be consulted by the government for the appointment of a special rapporteur. His party has only two elected members of the House of Commons, too few to be included in a parliamentary committee motion that called for a commissioner chosen unanimously by the recognized parties to conduct a public inquiry.