Liberals dodging government accountability with interpreter shortage, Tories say

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Federal Conservatives say the Liberals are using a pandemic-induced shortage of translators to shut down House of Commons committees when they raise issues that cause the government discomfort. Conservative whip Blake Richards points to a meeting of the health committee last Friday, which was abruptly cut short by Liberal chair Ron McKinnon announcing that the committee would not have any Commons staff resources, including interpreters, after 4:30 p.m. At the time, Liberal members of the committee had been filibustering opposition attempts to pass a motion demanding disclosure of the contracts the government has signed with pharmaceutical companies for COVID-19 vaccines.