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Commons committee investigation into F-35 fiasco hangs on by a thread

June 21, 2012 - 5:56 PM

OTTAWA - The Harper government's attempt to shut down a House of Commons committee investigation into the handling the F-35 stealth-fighter deal has failed, thanks to a filibuster by the Opposition.

As the Commons adjourned for the summer, New Democrats managed to hold up the writing of a final report into the auditor general's criticism of the multibillion-dollar program.

It has been put off until the fall when opposition members will try once again to have more witnesses called before the public accounts committee.

An in-camera motion by Conservative members that called for public hearings to end, and for the committee to conclude its study, was filibustered by an Ontario New Democrat, Malcolm Allen, and other Opposition members.

The committee met one last time before the summer break on Thursday, where the matter was once again delayed.

Allen says the government was determined to put the controversy firmly behind it after auditor general Michael Ferguson's scathing report April 3 tarnished Conservative credentials as competent managers of the public purse.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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