Liberals must let Wilson-Raybould come back to committee, opposition says

Jennifer Wallner, professor political studies University of Ottawa

It marked the second time Liberal MPs on the justice committee have jumped to stop a second testimony from Ms Wilson-Raybould after they voted last week to reconvene on March 19 to decide further witnesses into their investigation.

"The motion was not defeated, instead, the Liberal MPs on the committee undemocratically called an abrupt end to the meeting, refusing debate, denying transparency and withholding justice", she added.

At a crucial time for reelection for the Liberal Party of Canada, they have found themselves mired in controversy over accusations that senior ranking officials attempted to direct ex-Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to let Montreal-based engineering giant SNC Lavalin off of their bribery charges using a corporate remediation act known as a deferred prosecution agreement.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey makes her maiden question in the House of Commons, December 11, 2015.

Poilievre tried in vain to raise point of order demanding his motion be fully dealt with before Drouin's but according to committee rules, a motion to adjourn takes precedence over anything else the committee might do. 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.

They wanted the former justice minister and attorney general to appear again to answer claims made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's former top aide Gerald Butts.

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

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already said the existing waiver allowed Wilson-Raybould "to address this matter expansively and in detail", which he said is what she did two weeks ago.

While Wilson-Raybould did present her accounts of what happened to the House of Commons Justice Committee opposition leader Andrew Scheer has said that her statements have not gone far enough and is now pushing her to continue sharing her experience.

"What a shame", said Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre.

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.

"Today was an extreme disappointment", Ramsey said. "Today, (Liberals) signalled to Canadians that they aren't interested in the truth".

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