Liberals shut down SNC committee before Wilson-Raybould vote


Ms. Wilson-Raybould, who declined an interview request on Thursday night, plunged the Liberal government into a crisis over her allegations that pressure was exerted on her by the Prime Minister and top officials to abandon the fraud and bribery prosecution of engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc in favour of an out-of-court settlement known as a deferred prosecution agreement.

The former Principal Secretary to the prime minister, Gerald Butts, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have told their sides of the story.

Jody Wilson-Raybould says the past few weeks have been "incredibly hard" for her and her family, but she says she remains committed to the federal Liberal Party and a higher standard of government. March 19 also happens to be budget day.

"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.

Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre kicked things off with a motion to summon the former attorney general back no later than tomorrow, saying she "was not allowed to complete her testimony" the first time.

"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.

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Both the NDP and Conservatives want to know what happened after the cabinet shuffle that saw her lose her job as justice minister and why she eventually resigned from Justin Trudeau's cabinet.

"Given this convention and the current circumstances, it is untenable for me to continue to serve as a Cabinet minister", Philpott explained as to why she felt the need to further distance herself from the Trudeau government.

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.

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

"He sent in his majority to shut down that discussion without a debate and ensure that Canadians will never know the truth", Poilievre said after the abrupt end of the meeting. "Today, (Liberals) signalled to Canadians that they aren't interested in the truth". During their testimonies, they called into question Wilson-Raybould's interpretation of events.

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