Monday, May 12, 2008

Minister to face grilling by Commons over judgment

OTTAWA — Opposition MPs vow to continue to challenge Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier's judgment – and the government's security screening – over his relationship with a woman who once had ties to the Quebec wing of the Hells Angels.

New Democratic MP Paul Dewar said yesterday that he is less concerned about Mr. Bernier's choice of a girlfriend and more worried about his qualifications to be Canada's top diplomat.

Mr. Dewar had asked the Commons foreign affairs committee to demand that Mr. Bernier appear at committee to defend his record as minister, with the committee then voting on whether it had confidence in him.

The date of Mr. Bernier's appearance before the committee has not yet been finalized, a spokesman for government House Leader Peter Van Loan's office said. However, he told it will happen before the end of May.

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