National Newswatch

Canadians were waiting to hear Trudeau’s full explanation on SNC-Lavalin – and they didn’t get it

Mar 7 2019 — Campbell Clark — Not an apology. Not really an act of contrition. Not a full-throated defence. Not a detailed accounting of events. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s press conference on the SNC-Lavalin affair included an assertion that there were lessons learned although he wasn’t terribly specific about which ones. So what was that? The Prime Minister said that he […]

Wilson-Raybould and Philpott aren’t principled because they’re women. They’re just principled

Mar 7 2019 — Martha Hall Findlay — There is a lot of talk these days about “women in politics,” but that, in and of itself, creates a challenge for women in politics. Both former ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott have made significant and potentially seriously career-limiting moves based, they have said, on their principles. Doing so suggests a level of integrity […]

‘Truth cannot be experienced differently,’ says Scheer after Trudeau offers no apology in SNC-Lavalin affair

Mar 7 2019 — — Prime Minster Justin Trudeau says he didn’t realize there was an “erosion of trust” between his office and former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould over the fall of 2018 and acknowledged he should have realized this was taking place. The Prime Minister used an early morning news conference in Ottawa to speak at length about the political […]

SNC-Lavalin chair Kevin Lynch sought Michael Wernick’s help to secure deferred prosecution agreement

Mar 7 2019 — — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. chair Kevin Lynch voiced his frustration to Canada’s top bureaucrat last October about the government’s refusal to negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement, the Commons justice committee heard on Wednesday. Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the Privy Council, revealed the Oct. 15 call with Mr. Lynch a week after Jody Wilson-Raybould testified that […]

Liberal MPs block effort to immediately invite Wilson-Raybould to testify further on SNC-Lavalin affair

Mar 6 2019 — Michelle Zilio — Liberal MPs blocked an effort by the opposition on Wednesday to immediately invite Jody Wilson-Raybould back to a parliamentary committee to speak further about the government’s effort to put pressure on her to shelve the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., despite the former justice minister’s willingness to testify again. Rather, Liberal members of the […]

Health Canada investigating cannabis sponsorship of charity event tied to Bill Blair

Mar 6 2019 — — Health Canada is investigating whether two cannabis companies violated advertising laws when they sponsored a fundraiser last fall for a Toronto-based charity with ties to Bill Blair, the federal minister who oversaw the legalization of the drug. Canopy Growth Corp., which is one of Canada’s largest publicly traded cannabis companies, donated $5,000 to become a […]

Gerald Butts testimony further ensures SNC-Lavalin mess will loom over Liberals till election day

Mar 6 2019 — John Ibbitson — At one level, Gerald Butts’s testimony before the House justice committee Wednesday was irrelevant. You either believe Jody Wilson-Raybould’s allegation that, as attorney-general, she was improperly pressed to intervene in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, or you believe the government’s defence that she’s wrong. At another level, the testimony of the former principal secretary to Justin […]

Butts tells committee Wilson-Raybould’s cabinet shuffle was independent of SNC-Lavalin discussions

Mar 6 2019 — — The Prime Minister’s former principal secretary says there was a breakdown in relations between Justin Trudeau and Jody Wilson-Raybould that eventually led to her being shuffled from justice minister to veterans affairs minister in January. Gerald Butts, who is one of Mr. Trudeau’s closest friends, told the House of Commons justice committee on Wednesday that […]