Trudeau says he didn’t censor India trip report
PMO pushes back against claims of political meddling with new committee’s findings
OTTAWA— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says neither he nor his office ordered a report into his ill-fated India trip to be censored, pushing back against opposition suggestions his office removed politically-sensitive informat ion in the unclassified version of the report.
Both the opposition Conservatives and New Democrats criticized the heavilycensored report, prepared by an all-party committee of MPS and senators, suggesting the prime minister held back embarrassing information from the report’s public release.
Trudeau flatly denied those allegations in the House of Commons Tuesday, stating nobody in the Prime Minister’s Office requested any section of the report to be censored.
“Neither I nor my office requested or directed any redactions,” Trudeau said.
“A proposal was made by the security and intelligence community (for redactions), and we accepted. We did no extra redacting, we did no under-redacting. We accept- ed the advice of the professionals.”
The report, which examined multiple security aspects of Trudeau’s February sojourn to India, was released by the new National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians ( NSICOP).
It’s a cross-partisan committee, with representatives from the three major parties.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flatly denied allegations on Tuesday that his office censored a report looking into his February trip to India. Both the opposition Conservatives and New Democrats criticized the heavily-censored report.