Emergencies Act investigation: Government cancels text message editing

Lawyers for the organizers of the “Liberty Convoy” have gained access to unedited versions of 20 documents in the Public Order Emergency Act.

Attorney Brendan Miller has filed a request for the public inquiry to disclose information in government documents it has been blacked out, arguing that the information should not be protected by congressional prerogative.

Commissioner Paul Rouleau said the Government of Canada has agreed to release the unedited documents voluntarily.

The documents include written notes and text message exchanges belonging to the prime minister’s staff.

Today marks the final day of the committee’s seven weeks of policy and fact-finding hearings, and the commissioner and his team have until early February to produce a final report.

That means any new information is unlikely to be made available to witnesses, but could be reviewed by the commissioner and incorporated into the written arguments of the various groups that join the committee.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 2, 2022.

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