Well, That SNC-Lavalin Controversy Escalated Quickly (Podcast)

Well, That SNC-Lavalin Controversy Escalated Quickly (Podcast)

The real issue for me in the current federal political turmoil dates back several weeks to when the prime minister (astonishingly) dropped British Columbia MP Jody Wilson-Raybould from the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada portfolio in his recent cabinet shuffle. Which is why Jody Wilson-Raybould asked me if I was directing her, or going to direct her, to take a particular decision and I, of course, said no, that it was her decision to make and I expected her to make it.

Wilson-Raybould has only said that she can not comment on the matter, since she is bound by solicitor-client privilege, since the allegations came to light.

Wilson-Raybould, a former AFN regional chief, announced her resignation from Trudeau's cabinet on Tuesday after The Globe and Mail reported she felt pressured to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

Speaking at a press conference in Ottawa Friday, Trudeau said Brison's departure from his position as Nova Scotia MP and Treasury Board President resulted in him having to "move things around" on the team.

Housefather chaired the justice committee meeting on Wednesday that blocked attempts by the Conservatives and NDP to call Wilson-Raybould and top advisors to the PM to testify.

When former prime minister Stephen Harper's office was caught up in a scandal involving housing expenses from Conservative Senator Mike Duffy, Harper immediately waived this privilege to allow for an open and transparent investigation.

He tells Raj it's important for Wilson-Raybould to come forward - in his committee or elsewhere - to tell her story.

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"Wilson Raybould is a person of extraordinary principle, leadership and belief in progressive politics of support for all people".

Trudeau didn't say what reasons she gave for her resignation, only that he accepted her decision, even if he didn't totally understand it.

"I do want to hear from her, I do". "I had full confidence in her role as attorney general to make the decision".

A government official says the federal money, to come from the Strategic Innovation Fund, will go towards software development and skills training for workers.

That report cited sources who claimed former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould was demoted and shuffled from that role because she refused to intervene to stop the public prosecution of the Liberal-connected Quebec multinational.

Trudeau also slammed anonymous Liberals who made unflattering remarks about Wilson-Raybould by suggesting she was hard to work with and didn't seem to be a team player.

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