Jun 10, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
David Johnston says his leadership of the government’s investigation into foreign interference by China has failed to build trust in democratic institutions and he is stepping aside.
The former governor general is citing the highly partisan atmosphere around his work, and is encouraging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to seek counsel with opposition parties on who might replace him.
Johnston says he will submit a final report on the issue.
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre has accused Johnston of being too close to Trudeau’s family, and last week MP’s passed a non-binding NDP motion calling on Johnston to remove himself from the post due to that perceived bias.
On Tuesday, he told a committee that he planned to stay in his role because “the vote was based on allegations that were false.”
Johnston still insists that a public inquiry would not be useful given the constraints of national security laws and the amount of classified information that will be dealt with.