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CBC March 25, 2019

Opposition members of the House of Commons ethics committee will be pushing this week to bring renewed attention to the SNC-Lavalin affair, with the hope of hearing from the two Liberal MPs who quit cabinet over the government’s handling of the issue.

Members of the standing committee on access to information, privacy and ethics are meeting on Tuesday to discuss requests from the Conservatives and NDP to study the SNC-Lavalin controversy, which sparked the cabinet resignations of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott — and left Prime Minister Justin Trudeau facing tough questions.

“The ethics committee is a natural second point for this because we deal with issues of lobbying,” said Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus, a vice-chair of the ethics committee.

The Conservatives are planning to present a motion at Tuesday’s meeting that would:

  • Ask the prime minister to waive all constraints preventing former attorney general and justice minister Wilson-Raybould from speaking about her experience on the SNC-Lavalin file.
  • Invite Wilson-Raybould and Philpott to testify before April 5.
  • Allow the committee to table its findings in Parliament.

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