Opposition MPs push for Wilson-Raybould to testify again

Given it’s an election year the scandal doesn’t help the Liberals’ chances of winning

Given it’s an election year the scandal doesn’t help the Liberals’ chances of winning

Oddly enough, that's the same day the Liberals drop their budget.

Today's meeting came about at the request of opposition members.

An emergency meeting of the Justice Committee investigating the situation was shut down nearly immediately by the Liberal majority sparking outraged cries of from the opposition of "cover-up", "disgusting" and "shame".

But Ms. Wilson-Raybould said she will remain the Liberal MP for Vancouver Granville, the riding she won in 2015, as long as voters want her, and that there's a national need to address such issues as climate change, criminal justice and Indigenous policy.

The former Principal Secretary to the prime minister, Gerald Butts, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have told their sides of the story. Colleague Tracey Ramsay said she was "shocked at the behaviour" of Liberal members.

Meantime, the NDP says it's clear the Liberals have something to hide. 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.

"The committee has already expressed its wishes on March 6th to have this particular hearing on March 19th, so it's as simple as that", he said.

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".

The clerk of the Privy Council, Michael Wernick, was also allowed to return to the committee to clarify previous statements and Ramsey is asking why the Liberals are not allowing Wilson-Raybould to do the same.

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

After Wednesday's vote, Conservative member Pierre Poilievre accused the Liberal party of "trying to silence the former attorney general". "Justin Trudeau is transforming the justice committee into the Justin committee".

Mrs Ramsey said: "What does this say to Canadians?"

Too bad Jody Wilson-Raybould was too proud to accept the Indigenous services portfolio when offered it by our prime minister, after losing the prestigious job of attorney general in a cabinet shuffle.

"If they didn't have something to hide, we would have had the debate today".

Butts' recounting of the events is in direct opposition to what Wilson-Raybould has testified.