“The floor is not yours.”
Political nerds were not the only ones watching CPAC on a summer’s day this week, as the channel allowed Canadians to watch some crucial grillings in the ongoing WE Charity scandal engulfing the Trudeau government. And some locals may remember those five words spoken by MP Michael Barrett Tuesday during a tense exchange with the Kielburger brothers.
Not yet two years on the job, the Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MP currently has his second front-row seat to a scandal dogging the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
And while getting tersely to remind Craig and Marc Kielburger that they were bound by Parliamentary procedure was a more spontaneous pleasure, Barrett said a great deal of planning goes into what may seem a short span of time during these closely-scrutinized meetings.
The Conservative MP, who succeeded the late Gord Brown in a byelection in December 2018, found himself on the front lines of the SNC-Lavalin affair, as a member of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, in the previous term of Parliament.