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Around federal political and bureaucratic circles, the words “cabinet secrecy” and “cabinet confidentiality” are often wielded like magic spells. They evoke a mysterious power that echos in the corridors of Parliament Hill, as if just speaking them aloud means certain matters must never, ever be spoken of in public.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau uttered the talismanic phrases on Friday when he was explaining to reporters why he couldn’t disclose exactly what was said between he and Jody Wilson-Raybould, back when she was still his justice minister and attorney general late last year.

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