Trudeau says he didn’t cen­sor In­dia trip re­port

PMO pushes back against claims of po­lit­i­cal med­dling with new com­mit­tee’s find­ings

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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.

ADRIAN WYLD/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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.

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