Opposition accuses Liberals of 'coverup' at justice committee

Liberals Reject Push For Jody Wilson-Raybold To Testify Again On SNC-Lavalin Affair At Justice Committee

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.

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!" Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre claimed yesterday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is directing the Liberal members and said it should be called the "Justin committee" rather than the "justice committee".

She said the Liberals signalled to Canadians that they are simply "not interested in the truth" and continued to echo NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh's call for an independent public inquiry into the allegations of political interference.

Ms. Wilson-Raybould was more pointed in a letter handed out as supporters left in which she denounced the "old cynical view", declaring that Canadians should never resign themselves to the excuse that "this is just the way things are done".

The Conservatives and NDP were furious, especially since Trudeau's former senior advisor, Gerald Butts, testified freely with no limits, and Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick spoke twice.

"There were 11 people that the former attorney general mentioned that were involved in this entire affair and all of those people should be before the committee", she said.

Jody Wilson-Raybould speaks to constituents in her riding of Vancouver-Granville on March 14, 2019. I honestly can say I don't know how we got here.

The waiver does not, however, allow Wilson-Raybould to speak about the period after she was shuffled from Justice to Veterans Affairs, including her conversations with Trudeau about why she quit cabinet.

Trudeau also needs to extend the confidentiality waiver he issued to allow Wilson-Raybould to talk about matters that normally would be protected by cabinet confidences or solicitor-client privilege, Ramsey added.

But Poilievre said Trudeau doesn't want Canadians to know what that is.

Most of the justice committee members are Liberal MPs, which gives them a lot of control over how the proceedings unfold.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey makes her maiden question in the House of Commons, December 11, 2015. The Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development has also made a rare statement saying they are "watching" the situation which involves an global incident of bribery and fraud by the Canadian-based multinational SNC Lavalin.

"We will use every tool in the parliamentary tool kit in order to pressure the government and the prime minister to stop his coverup and let Jody Wilson-Raybould speak".



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