Mini Squabble in Committee

Published: Wednesday, 05/09/2007 12:00 am EDT

A May 2 citizenship and immigration committee hearing on the loss of Canadian citizenship turned ugly when Liberal MP Andrew Telegdi demanded that the witnesses be sworn in. His colleague Jim Karygiannis, who suggested that in a previous hearing Citizenship and Immigration Minister Diane Finley and a deputy had misled the committee, seconded Mr. Telegdi's request, to which Tory MP Ed Komarnicki replied: "That's a lot of bunk." Swearing in witnesses is not an everyday occurrence and even Mark Davidson, a witness and director with CIC, objected. After some haggling, a vote was held and a motion to have the witnesses sworn in was defeated.

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