Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for being with us, Minister. We are pleased that you are appearing on this topic again.
Last time you appeared before the Committee, on July 25, you stated in your opening remarks:
I want to make it very clear: At no point did I direct the RCMP in any operational matter, including on public communications. I did not ask them to release any specific information, nor did I receive a promise for them to do so.
You were referring to Commissioner Lucki.
However, according to the transcript of the meeting on April 28, 2020, Commissioner Lucki stated:
“ ...it was a request that I got from the Minister's office, and I shared with the Minister that, in fact, it was going to be in the news release, and it wasn't.”
You stated numerous times that you did not make Ms. Lucki promise anything. However, her statements really seem to confirm that that is what she was talking about.
You said that you were not part of that conversation and I know that we can't speculate, but, in your opinion, what would she have been talking about, if it was not about revealing which weapons had been used?