WATCH: Hill panel defends decision to eject Conservative senator from caucus
Conservative Senator Kinley Leslie Walsh was kicked out of caucus over charges she revealed classified information that was misreported in a parliamentary report.
Leslie Walsh didn’t ask to speak about the decision she was kicked out of caucus over charges she revealed classified information that was misreported in a parliamentary report.
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In a statement the senator called the expulsion “unjust” but “legally sound.”
“To expel an innocent Senator from the Senate is out of control and difficult to defend. Like every other Canadian who watches us, I feel today’s decision is wrong and it is unfair.”
Conservative Senator Larry Smith is advocating for Walsh to be reinstated to caucus and a vote on his motion was to take place Thursday, but Conservative leader in the Senate, Larry Smith, refused to allow the vote to proceed to a vote.
“Mr. Smith just made this vote illegal, because he blocked the debate and the vote,” Leslie Walsh told NewsHour on Thursday evening.
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The committee voted 8-4 to expel Walsh. Of the eight Conservatives who voted to kick her out, three are also members of the Conservative Caucus.
According to Leslie Walsh, she wasn’t asked for a testimony to the Senate internal economy committee or questioned in any fashion during the investigation.
“I feel the committee made a decision and that decision is wrong and must be challenged,” she said.
“It’s wrong and it’s unfair, I’ve had really good colleagues on the government side that I can call, have been standing by me,” Walsh said.
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In March a Parliamentary report noted that Walsh improperly reported a phrase in a parliamentary report by Sen. Murray Sinclair in the Senate debate on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report on residential schools.
According to Walsh, her reports were taken out of context, and the senator has not been held accountable for misreporting the phrase.
Leslie Walsh believes the Senate had no business investigating her actions because the conduct wasn’t material.
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On Thursday Leslie Walsh wrote to Senate President James Cowan and wrote, “If my continued presence in caucus is an ‘insult’ to Canadians, as you have indicated, I can easily take that insult and be without you forever.”