Jody Wilson-Raybould

CBC March 13, 2019

MP warns any attempt to bar her will be seen as proof that Trudeau has ‘something to hide’

Opposition MPs will make another bid to bring Jody Wilson-Raybould back to testify before the Commons justice committee today — and they warn that Canadians will see any attempt by the Liberals to block them as evidence of a “coverup.”

The committee probing the SNC-Lavalin affair is holding an emergency session today on whether the former justice minister and attorney general should be recalled. The meeting was requested by Conservative and NDP members, even though the Liberals already have defeated a motion to invite Wilson-Raybould to return.

The meeting begins at 1 p.m. ET and will carry it live.

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre said it’s crucial for the committee to hear from Wilson-Raybould again, given major discrepancies between her version of events and last week’s testimony from Gerald Butts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s close friend and former principal secretary. He said Trudeau also must fully waive cabinet confidence and client-solicitor privilege so that she can give a complete account of what happened.

“She says material events happened after she was removed as attorney general but before she resigned from cabinet. She said she wants to tell Canadians what happened,” Poilievre said.

“The prime minister has the legal authority to allow her to do so. If he doesn’t, he’s got something to hide.”

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