Liberal MP joins opposition call for investigation into SNC-Lavalin controversy

Vancouver-Granville MP Jody Wilson Raybould resigned from cabinet on Tuesday

Vancouver-Granville MP Jody Wilson Raybould resigned from cabinet on Tuesday

Asked if he would consider waiving solicitor-client privilege in this matter, which would allow Wilson-Raybould to speak, Trudeau said he has asked current Justice Minister and current lawyer for the government, David Lametti to advise him on this and get back to him with recommendations.

It's been almost a month since Lametti was shuffled into the role of justice minister and attorney general.

The Montreal-based engineering and construction company is facing criminal charges for allegedly paying millions in bribes to secure government contracts in Libya.

Justin Trudeau welcomed Monday an investigation by the federal ethics commissioner into an allegation that his office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

It had hoped that it could come to a remediation agreement with prosecutors that would be an alternative to trial.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Veterans Affairs Minister Jodie Wilson-Raybould attend a swearing in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. On Friday, she issued a statement to explain her silence on the subject.

"As the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, I am bound by solicitor-client privilege in this matter", she said.

"But in the present situation, they must be subordinated to a higher value: the confidence of Canadians in the integrity, fairness and impartiality of our criminal justice system", Scheer wrote.

The ethics investigation comes as the House of Commons justice committee prepares to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday afternoon to debate a motion calling for Wilson-Raybould and several senior officials in the PMO to testify about the allegations of political interference.

"I also am seeking answers that will clear the air regarding exactly what happened here, and, because I was raised to believe that full transparency is always the best approach to addressing such uncertainty, I believe that a full and transparent investigation is necessary to ensure that my constituents, and all Canadians, can be confident in (the) veracity of those answers", he said in a statement.

The investigation was launched after Canada's Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, agreed to the investigation request from the federal NDP.

Trudeau, who arrived in the Lower Mainland Sunday to campaign with the Liberal candidate in Burnaby South byelection campaign, said he's already met with Wilson-Raybould "a couple of times". Wilson-Raybould represents a Vancouver riding.

In the meantime, he said Wilson-Raybould "confirmed for me a conversation we had this fall where I told her directly that any decisions on matters involving the director of public prosecutions were hers alone".

According to The Globe and Mail, the director of public prosecutions refused to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin related to the corruption charges.

Trudeau also tried to put rumours of bad blood between him and Wilson-Raybould to rest by saying he had full confidence in his minister.

"We spoke about our shared goals for our country and for this government", he said, adding that her "presence in cabinet should actually speak for itself".

The ethics commissioner's office has found rules violations in two of the four investigations into the Trudeau cabinet it has completed.

"This is an issue that has been much-talked about in the last few days". "And I think it's extremely important that Canadians can continue to have confidence in our system", he said".