A new response to a Conservative order paper question shows us just how sneaky the Liberals are.
And how they can't keep their ridiculous stories straight.
Today's order paper question came courtesy of outgoing CPC MP Guy Lauzon:
With regard to abbreviations, code names and code words used by departments or agencies: what is the complete list of abbreviations, code names and code words used by departments and agencies in communication between the departments or agencies and the Minister's office; and for each abbreviation, code name or code word, whom or what does it represent or refer to.
This OPQ follows up on the revelation that Department of National Defence was using code words to avoid Access to Information inquiries about Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.
Most departments answered that they don't keep an official list. Makes sense — Secret code words wouldn't do much good if you kept an official list of them. In other instances, some ministries just provide a list of random acronyms, like telling us that WTO stands for World Trade Organization or PMO stands for Prime Minister's Office.
But the responses of two ministries leave me with questions.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada admitted to using coded language to avoid revealing things that, "may be injurious to the conduct of international affairs." (Translation: We're saying bad things about Trump and we don't want them uncovered in an Access to Information investigation.)
Even weirder, the DND denied the practice of using coded language despite evidence to the contrary presented in the Norman legal proceedings. One CAF member testified to using code names to avoid ATIP inquiries about Norman and at least three code names for Norman were reported in the media.
As Judge Judy always says: If you’re telling the truth, then you don’t have to have a good memory.
That's something for the DND top brass to think about.