Philpott

Globe and Mail March 21, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has brushed aside calls from former cabinet minister Jane Philpott to waive all cabinet and solicitor-client privileges to allow former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould to speak freely about the fallout from the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Ms. Philpott told Maclean’s magazine in an interview published on Thursday that Canadians need to know “the whole story” of what she called an “attempt to politically interfere with the justice system in its work on the criminal trial” of Montreal-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.

Ms. Philpott resigned earlier this month as President of the Treasury Board, citing a lack of confidence in the way the Prime Minister handled the SNC-Lavalin matter.

The political controversy has resulted in the resignations of four high-profile members of the Trudeau government and manoeuvres by the opposition to disrupt Parliament in protest of a decision by the Liberal-dominated House of Commons justice committee to shut down its inquiry into the matter.

Conservative MPs forced marathon votes on spending estimates Wednesday night that are expected to take up most of Thursday and force the cancellation of the Commons Question Period.

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