Scott Thompson: Why won’t Justin Trudeau let Jody Wilson-Raybould speak again?

Lester Mason
March 16, 2019

While she exhaustively chronicled meetings with senior government officials, she remains unable to speak about events following her removal as attorney general.

Shortly after the meeting convened, the Liberal committee members abruptly voted to adjourn, with Conservatives and New Democrats shouting out epithets like "Cover-up!" and "Despicable!"

Wednesday's meeting was suspended in 25 minutes. Colleague Tracey Ramsay said she was "shocked at the behaviour" of Liberal members.

Opposition MPs are making another push to bring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould back before the House of Commons Justice Committee, arguing that her characterization of certain meetings relating to the prosecution of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin differs from others that have been presented.

Poilievre told the committee he wanted Wilson-Raybould to appear again to answer claims made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's former top aide Gerald Butts.

Francis Drouin suggested the opposition Conservative and NDP members were playing politics by calling the meeting during March break, since a session to determine next steps had already been scheduled for Mar. 19.

Conservative MP Michael Cooper said it is essential for the discussion to be out in the open because not allowing Wilson-Raybould to speak again is obstructing the committee's ability to fully study the matter.

When he testified, Butts put the dispute down to a series of miscommunications and misunderstandings.

"We've heard the prime minister speak very freely about a period of time that Ms. Wilson-Raybould has not been able to speak about", Ramsey said.

"If they were going to let her speak, they could have done it today ..."

"Today was an extreme disappointment", Ramsey said.

In her February 27 committee appearance, Wilson-Raybould claimed she was subjected to "consistent and sustained" efforts to pressure her into seeking a remediation agreement deal with SNC-Lavalin. The Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development has also made a rare statement saying they are "watching" the situation which involves an worldwide incident of bribery and fraud by the Canadian-based multinational SNC Lavalin.

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre said his party would meet privately to discuss what their next course of action is to continue pressuring the government over the controversy.

Opposition politicians are trying to get Jody Wilson-Raybould back for another testimony.

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