Rahim Jaffer asks to again delay testimony to Commons committee

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OTTAWA, Ont. — Former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer is again asking to delay his testimony before a Commons committee probing allegations he engaged in inappropriate lobbying after he left office.

He is to testify on June 16, but his lawyer says Jaffer’s wife, former MP Helena Guergis, will see a doctor that day and Jaffer wants to accompany her.

The Globe and Mail says lawyer Frank Addario has written to the committee asking that Jaffer instead testify on June 17, 18 or 22.

Jaffer and Guergis had been scheduled to testify on Wednesday, but she bowed out citing health reasons.

Committee co-chair, New Democrat Pat Martin, says he wants to see a doctor’s note explaining why Guergis needs to see a doctor next week and why Jaffer should go with her.

Addario says Martin’s request is unreasonable and Jaffer won’t comply.

Since Jaffer previously appeared at the committee in April, several discrepancies in his testimony have emerged. (Globe and Mail)

Organizations: Commons committee, Globe and Mail

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Ont

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