Published: Sat, February 23, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

Examinations will provide needed 'airing' on SNC-Lavalin controversy: Trudeau

Examinations will provide needed 'airing' on SNC-Lavalin controversy: Trudeau

They spoke two weeks after the September 4th decision, at which time it was up to Wilson-Raybould to decide if she would publicly instruct prosecutors to instead cut a deal.

After Wilson-Raybould quit, some media organizations ran stories and cartoons denigrating her and Trudeau said he had apologized to the former minister on Wednesday for not condemning the commentaries earlier.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould nearly two weeks after federal prosecutors informed SNC-Lavalin it would not be invited to negotiate a settlement to help the company avoid criminal prosecution.

Veteran MP John McKay sounded like a kid that had been ordered to eat his Brussel sprouts as he said, "Everything's fine", while leaving the caucus meeting.

She has repeatedly cited solicitor-client privilege to refuse all comment on the affair since the allegation from anonymous sources first surfaced in a Globe and Mail report nearly two weeks ago.

"I want to highlight something I said at caucus this morning", Trudeau said on his way into the Commons. "At all times, I and those around me acted with integrity and singular focus on the best interests of all Canadians", he says.

MPs are also scheduled to vote today on a non-binding NDP motion calling for a public inquiry into the affair and the waiving of solicitor-client privilege. "Life is full of uncertainties but I am absolutely certain of that".

In a statement, Butts unequivocally denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the office improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the Montreal engineering giant avoid a criminal case on corruption and bribery charges related to government contracts in Libya.

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While the opposition's attempt to open a formal inquiry was defeated Wednesday, the federal ethics commissioner has launched an investigation in the matter, and Wilson-Raybould herself is set to testify at the justice committee next week.

Deputy Conservative leader Lisa Raitt said the committee hearings won't be meaningful unless solicitor-client privilege between Wilson-Raybould and the government is waived and, at a minimum, Butts can be questioned on his blanket assertion that he did nothing wrong.

Yet, whatever Trudeau heard, it can't have been too bad or he would not have sanctioned the witness invitation to the justice committee. However, the meeting is now cancelled for unknown reasons.

And he wanted to know whether Trudeau ever expressed a preference to Wilson-Raybould for a remediation agreement in the SNC-Lavalin case. Trudeau said last week his cabinet discussed the SNC-Lavalin issue in part to avoid job losses at the company.

Unless those two accounts are glaringly at odds, that may well be the end of the matter and we are all going to wonder whether it was worth paralyzing the government of Canada for much of the past month.

Wilson-Raybould is consulting lawyers about how much she can reveal about what happened with SNC-Lavalin.

"I am confident that our prosecutors, in this and every other case, exercise their discretion independently and free from any political interference", Roussel said.

The most serious political impasse this Liberal government has had to face may all come down to a difference of interpretation between a male political staffer and a female cabinet minister over what constitutes "undue pressure". She has hired a former Supreme Court justice to advise her on what she may legally say.

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