Order paper questions are great way around the pomp, circumstance and obfuscation of Question Period where no questions seem to get answered.
They force the government to answer a question in writing and in explicit detail within 45 days.
The order paper question I'm going to tell you about today comes from Ontario Conservative MP Alex Nuttall.
With regard to the preservation of documents and communication, including PINs, text messages, and all other forms of electronic communication by staff of the Office of the Prime Minister: (a) how many smartphones or other electronic devices assigned to an individual in the Office of the Prime Minister have been "wiped" or cleared of communication sent and received from the device, broken down by month since January 2017; and (b) for each instance in (a) what was the .reason for the device being “wiped”?
Whoa. I think Nuttall is asking about Gerald Butts' phone.
And today I'll tell you why. I think it has to do with both SNC-Lavalin and the Admiral Norman trial.
But I can't tell you if Butts' phone was nuked after he quit, because the PMO didn't answer Nuttall. Instead, the PMO simply insisted that whatever they are doing is in full compliance with records keeping laws.
Strange. If the Liberals haven't wiped any phones, why didn't they just say so?