Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Liberals shut down SNC committee before Wilson-Raybould vote

Liberals shut down SNC committee before Wilson-Raybould vote

"Given this convention and the current circumstances, it is untenable for me to continue to serve as a Cabinet minister", Philpott explained as to why she felt the need to further distance herself from the Trudeau government. She testified the first time on February 27, in a four-hour session where she laid out her case that the Prime Minister's Office had put sustained pressure on her over four months last autumn to change her mind on diverting a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

While Wilson-Raybould did present her accounts of what happened to the House of Commons Justice Committee opposition leader Andrew Scheer has said that her statements have not gone far enough and is now pushing her to continue sharing her experience. March 19 also happens to be budget day.

The former Principal Secretary to the prime minister, Gerald Butts, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have told their sides of the story.

"I've never been so disgusted by the conduct of my Liberal colleagues", he said. The discussion on future witnesses, including Wilson-Raybould, will now be next week, in private.

When he testified, Butts put the dispute down to a series of miscommunications and misunderstandings.

In the end, Canadians still need to know why the former attorney general was sacked and what happened in the time between then and her resignation. Had Wednesday's meeting not been adjourned, MPs would have discussed a motion to bring Wilson-Raybould back to testify - which would have required Liberal MPs to publicly state their positions. I honestly can say I don't know how we got here. Poilievre said Trudeau needs to extend the waiver because something clearly happened in that time that was so "egregious" it pushed Wilson-Raybould to quit.

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"Canadians deserve to know what those event were".

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

None of the Liberals who are full voting members of the committee responded Tuesday to queries from The Canadian Press.

New Democrat MP Tracey Ramsey said Trudeau himself has benefited from what she called a double standard.

Of course, SNC-Lavalin did not want the case to go to trial, as they employ 50,000 people around the world, including 8,500 Canadian employees. The Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development has also made a rare statement saying they are "watching" the situation which involves an worldwide incident of bribery and fraud by the Canadian-based multinational SNC Lavalin.

Mr Poilievre said he would use "every tool in the parliamentary toolkit in order to pressure the government and the Prime Minister to stop his cover-up and let Jody Wilson-Raybould speak".

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