[VIDEO] Rahim Jaffer testifies before a House of Commons committee

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 2:07 PM

MPs grill Rahim Jaffer

In his first public remarks since he became embroiled in a lobbying scandal two weeks ago, Rahim Jaffer faced the House government operations committee today on Parliament Hill. The former Conservative MP was joined by Patrick Glémaud, his business partner at Green Power Generation Corp.

Mr. Jaffer vehemently denied he ever lobbied the government or took illegal drugs. He also denied having a professional relationships with Toronto businessman Nazim Gillani.

After allegations of influence peddling were made public by the Toronto Star, Mr. Jaffer’s wife, Helena Guergis, resigned as status of women minsiter and was expelled from the Tory caucus by Stephen Harper. The Prime Minister also referred the matter to the Mounties.

The scandal, which includes allegations of drug use and cavorting with prostitutes, has captivated the capital since then. Some parties, however, said they’d had enough and hoped Parliament could move on to “more compelling issues facing the nation.”

But despite the NDP bid to grant Mr. Jaffer a temporary reprieve, MPs squared off with him.

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