Wilson-Raybould, out of cabinet, seeks place in Liberal caucus


As Liberal MPs exited their caucus meeting Wednesday, Lametti was asked again about whether his advice will come before she's set to testify, and he would not comment.

Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould leaves the Parliament buildings following Question Period in Ottawa, Tuesday. Wilson-Raybould's replacement, Attorney General and Justice Minister David Lametti, deputy justice minister Nathalie Drouin, and Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick are scheduled to attend.

The committee hearings are to begin Wednesday but Wilson-Raybould likely won't appear until Monday and it's not clear she will be able to shed new light on the allegations that prompted her to resign her cabinet seat and Trudeau to lose his most trusted aide.

In a statement, Butts unequivocally denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the office improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the Montreal engineering giant avoid a criminal case on corruption and bribery charges related to government contracts in Libya.

There was not, however, complete solidarity a short time later when it came to the vote on the NDP motion for a public inquiry.

"I understand fully that Canadians want to know the truth and want transparency", said Wilson-Raybould, who has cited solicitor-client privilege to refuse comment on the matter since the allegation from anonymous sources first surfaced two weeks ago.

"I want to be able to ensure that I am confident in what I can and can't say". "Privilege and confidentiality are not mine to waive and I hope that I have the opportunity to speak my truth", she concluded, as even louder applause broke out through the House.

Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week and has sought legal advice from former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell amid questions over the SNC-Lavalin controversy.

Long has called for the committee investigation looking into the matter to include Wilson-Raybould and officials from PMO, who have been implicated in allegations reported by the Globe and Mail.

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Shortly after Wilson-Raybould met cabinet, one of the Liberal members of the justice committee, who had last week rejected calling the former minister to testify, announced that she would propose a motion at committee to hear from her after all.

"In the matter of solicitor-client privilege, the member opposite must know that there are real dangers of unintended consequences, particularly on the two court cases now wending their way through the courts", Trudeau said.

"We have a number of things going on".

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Canada can not claim to be a country based on the rule of law if the Prime Minister's Office is dictating the course of justice.

Conservative senators, meanwhile, have also introduced their own motion calling for an inquiry by the Senate's legal and constitutional affairs committee.

Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian PressLiberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould arrives to a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 20, 2019. Trudeau is also seeking advice from the government's lawyer, Lametti, about the potential to waive solicitor-client privilege in this case.

"The prime minister has kept (Wilson-Raybould) silent in order to protect himself", Scheer alleged.

"We had a fantastic meeting today", caucus chair Francis Scarpaleggia said in an interview.