Emotions are running high after yesterday’s testimony from former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould over the SNC Lavalin affair.
Wilson said she was pressured by Prime Minister Trudeau and several senior liberal officials to find a way to override a criminal prosecution of the engineering firm. She said she thought at the time it was inappropriate, but not illegal.
“For a period of approximately four months, between September and December of 2018, I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise prosecutorial discretion in my role as the Attorney General of Canada.”– Jody Wilson-Raybould
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said it’s time for Prime Minister Trudeau to do the right thing and resign, suggesting he has lost the moral authority to govern.
“Jody Wilson-Raybould tells the story of a prime minister who has lost the moral authority to govern, a prime minister who allows his partisan, political motivations to overrule his duty to uphold the rule of law. a prime minister who doesn’t know where the Liberal Party ends and where the government of Canada begins.”Andrew Scheer, leader, Conservative Party of Canada
Trudeau said he has no intention of resigning, rejecting Wilson Raybould’s version of events.
Read full text of Wilson-Raybould’s opening remarks to the Justice Committee