The Liberals say Stephen Harper and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews should insist on a quick completion of the investigation Canada's spy agency is conducting of politicians who may be under the influence of foreign governments.
Liberal MP Marlene Jennings held a news conference Tuesday to say the allegations made public two weeks ago by Richard Fadden, the head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, have cast a cloud of suspicion on Canadians of all backgrounds.
"They deserve answers and it's up to the Minister of Public Safety and the Prime Minister himself to come clean," said Ms. Jennings.
Mr. Fadden, who was called in to testify Monday before a special Commons committee, caused an uproar when he said in a televised report that two unnamed provincial cabinet ministers and a number of municipal politicians from British Columbia are being influenced by foreign governments.
He told the Commons committee he will provide a comprehensive brief to Mr. Toews after his agency's investigation is complete - in about four weeks time. It will then be up to the federal government, Mr. Fadden said, to determine what to tell the provinces.
"Well, I am here today to call on Minister Toews to ... order CSIS to expedite a review of the issue. Given the damage caused by this revelation in just the last two weeks, four more weeks is simply too long to allow this issue to linger and to linger casting suspicions on too many Canadians," Ms. Jennings said Tuesday.
"Secondly, the minister must publicly reveal the details of the allegations. Canadians deserve to know in order to lift that cloud of suspicion."
When asked if Mr. Fadden should resign, Ms. Jennings said the question should instead be put to Mr. Harper.
But when reporters asked if it would be unfair to make public the names of the politicians who are being investigated by CSIS before it has been determined that the allegations are true, Ms. Jennings did not provide a direct answer.
"Right now you have every single municipal council in ever single municipality in B.C. is under a could of suspicion. Right now you have every single member of the B.C. Legislature that sits at cabinet under that cloud of suspicion," she replied.
"CSIS, normally, is in a position to determine ... whether or not making the names public, honing it down to the actual individuals, would harm their reputations further than being just one of many who are under a cloud of suspicion."