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All-party caucuses should make member lists public: animal rights group

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The Animal Protection Party of Canada wants the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus to name its MP members who helped kill an animal rights bill last fall. Caucus co-chair Bob Zimmer said the group is searching for a scapegoat after a bad bill it liked was defeated.

Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus co-chairs B.C. Conservative MP Bob Zimmer, right, and Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal MP Gudie Hutchings, left, present an honorary membership to Tony Bernardo, middle, a board member on the Outdoor Caucus Association of Canada and executive director of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association.
Photograph courtesy of Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus Twitter

An animal rights group is calling on one of Parliament’s largest all-party caucuses to make public its membership in a move that raises questions about the transparency of other such groups of MPs and Senators. Last fall, the Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus mobilized to help defeat a private member's bill on animal rights, said Liz White, leader of the advocacy group and federally registered political party Animal Protection Party of Canada, adding she has a “right to know” which MPs

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