Published: Sat, March 16, 2019

Scott Thompson: Why won’t Justin Trudeau let Jody Wilson-Raybould speak again?

Scott Thompson: Why won’t Justin Trudeau let Jody Wilson-Raybould speak again?

27 for about four hours, but after Trudeau's former principal secretary Gerald Butts testified a week later, opposition MPs say they have new questions for the ex-justice minister.

"I've never been so disgusted by the conduct of my Liberal colleagues", he said.

Francis Drouin suggested the opposition Conservative and NDP members were playing politics by calling the meeting during March break, since a session to determine next steps had already been scheduled for Mar. 19.

"If Liberal MPs decide to silence her to try to prevent the committee from doing its work, there's only one conclusion that can be reached and that is that the Liberals on the committee are continuing to do the bidding of the PMO to cover this up", Cooper said. 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.

He said she can provide the committee with a written statement and noted she's testified before the committee for almost four hours already.

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.

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

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The waiver does not, however, allow Wilson-Raybould to speak about the period after she was shuffled from Justice to Veterans Affairs, including her conversations with Trudeau about why she quit cabinet.

"Pierre Poilievre is a great political actor".

But Poilievre said Trudeau doesn't want Canadians to know what that is. "If they were going to let her speak, they could have done it today".

Ramsey wanted to move a motion in the committee calling for a public inquiry but debate ended abruptly.

Most of the justice committee members are Liberal MPs, which gives them a lot of control over how the proceedings unfold. That period of time is now subject to solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality, which the prime minister is allowed to waive.

"Today was an extreme disappointment", Ramsey said.

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

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