McKenna’s office tried to plant friendly questions with senators on committee

OTTAWA — Conservative Sen. Jean-Guy Dagenais says Environment Minister Catherine McKenna’s office tried to plant questions with friendly senators on the Senate’s environment committee to help get the government’s message across on its new environmental-assessment legislation.

During question period in the Senate Tuesday, Dagenais pulled out an email from a “high-placed official” in McKenna’s department sent in late January, about a week before the deputy ministers of environment, natural resources and transport, and the president of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, were to appear at the committee on to talk about Bill C-69.