LILLEY: Will Wilson-Raybould be allowed to speak 'my truth?'


Liberals say they are concerned about how Trudeau's team is dealing with the fallout of a newspaper report that officials from his office put pressure on then justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould past year to ensure construction firm SNC-Lavalin avoided a corruption and bribery trial.

Wilson-Raybould met with her former ministerial colleagues in a closed-door cabinet meeting and told media that she was still figuring out what she was legally able to say without violating solicitor-client privilege.

The controversy erupted earlier this month when The Globe and Mail published a bombshell report alleging senior officials in the PMO had pressured Wilson-Raybould when she was attorney general to help the Quebec engineering giant avoid criminal prosecution.

"Privilege and confidentiality are not mine to waive and I hope that I have the opportunity to speak my truth", Wilson-Raybould said.Moments after those comments, Justin Trudeau stood to lead the Liberals in shutting down the possibility of a public inquiry into this matter. He said this to reporters on his way into the first Liberal caucus meeting on the Hill since Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet and his principal secretary Gerald Butts resigned, while denying any wrongdoing.

"My ethical and professional responsibilities as a lawyer are layered and incredibly complicated so I am still working with my lawyer".

MPs began the day debating an NDP motion calling for a public inquiry into the affair and calling on Trudeau to waive the solicitor-client privilege. "I will appear", she told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

"I'm very satisfied with the overall meeting we had", said International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

Though she may not provide many answers.

Trudeau says an ‘airing’ needed on SNC-Lavalin affair, dodges questions on calls for public inquiry
Wilson-Raybould says she wants opportunity to 'speak my truth'

Attorney General and Justice Minister David Lametti will be the first witness to appear, followed by his deputy minster Nathalie Drouin, and Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick.

During question period, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer peppered Trudeau with questions about the September 4 refusal by the director of public prosecutions, Kathleen Roussel, to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin, which faces charges of bribery and corruption related to government contracts in Libya.

Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould leaves the Parliament buildings following Question Period in Ottawa, Tuesday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it's important there be an "airing" of what happened in the SNC-Lavalin affair.

This scandal is hurting the Liberals with voters that are paying attention and anxious what it means for the justice system in Canada.

Angus said it is a "joke" to suggest the Liberal-dominated committee will get to the bottom of anything, particularly when it has not so far agreed to call anyone from the Prime Minister's Office to testify. She refused, and shortly later was demoted by Trudeau to the Veterans Affairs portfolio, which she has since resigned from. "Of course we are going to be very careful about how we move forward in protecting those jobs but we are also going to, at the same time, make sure that we are standing up for the independence of our judicial system and all the processes that keep our democratic institutions safe".

The most serious political impasse this Liberal government has had to face may all come down to a difference of interpretation between a male political staffer and a female cabinet minister over what constitutes "undue pressure".