Commons committee wants Grit to spill the beans 0
Canada's Public Safety Minister Vic Toews speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 6, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
A New Democrat was identified Thursday as the only person on a list to access Public Safety Minister Vic Toews' divorce records at the same time a Commons committee was considering grilling a Liberal for tweeting the contents.
The ethics committee was debating a Conservative motion to bring former Grit staffer Adam Carroll before MPs to explain his use of government computers to spread details of the divorce.
Carroll fessed up to being behind the @vikileaks30 Twitter account after a House of Commons investigation traced the source to the Liberal research bureau.
Toews scored a victory Wednesday when a Manitoba judge ruled he could see the names of those who accessed the documents.
Toews' office said only one name was on the list - Thomas Linner, a Manitoba NDP policy analyst for Premier Greg Selinger. Reporters do not have to sign for the documents.
Linner signed out the records Feb. 17 - three days after the @vikileaks had started tweeting the dirty divorce details.
"We know the Libs used public resources for dirty tricks," Toews said in a tweet Thursday. "What are the NDP also hiding?"
The NDP say it wanted to see the documents to check the veracity of the vikileaks attacks after Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird accused New Democrats of being behind the tweets.
"We had nothing to do with vikileaks and I'd rather not know his personal life," NDP MP Pat Martin tweeted.
The Conservative majority on the committee wants Carroll to appear to learn whether he was part of a wider conspiracy to attack Toews over the introduction of Bill C-30, the Internet crime bill that would give police and government agencies powers to snoop without warrants.