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What could Trudeau properly have discussed with Wilson-Raybould about SNC-Lavalin?

Feb 15 2019 — Andrew Coyne — Consider solicitor-client privilege officially waived. The prime minister has spent the last several days disclosing, line by tendentious line, the contents of his discussions with the former attorney general in September of last year. First we were informed that he “never directed” Jody Wilson-Raybould to put a stop to the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. Next, […]

These are the witnesses the Liberals plan to call to the justice committee — and the big names they left out

Feb 14 2019 — — The opposition parties went into Wednesday’s meeting of the Commons justice committee seeking an in-depth investigation of the events leading to former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet. Instead they got a Liberal motion that appears to set up a more academic study of the legal issues at play — and fails to invite […]

Oh, good, now we’re weaponizing retired Supreme Court justices

Feb 13 2019 — Marni Soupcoff — As Mark Twain once said: “A good lawyer knows the law; a clever one takes the judge to lunch.” Jody Wilson-Raybould’s consulting former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Albert Cromwell — for “advice on the topics (she) is legally permitted to discuss in (the SNC-Lavalin) matter” — is not as pause-worthy as the lawyer who wines […]

Trudeau goes on the attack after former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s shock resignation

Feb 12 2019 — Maura Forrest — Trudeau said if anyone in the cabinet thought anything improper had happened, they had a duty to raise it with him at the time, and Wilson-Raybould never did. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went on the offensive Tuesday evening after former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s sudden resignation from cabinet. In his strongest statement to date, Trudeau […]

We are still waiting for a clear denial over SNC-Lavalin allegations

Feb 11 2019 — Andrew Coyne — It has been four days now since it was reported that officials in the Prime Minister’s Office had pressured the former attorney-general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to have fraud and corruption charges dropped against SNC-Lavalin, the Quebec engineering and construction giant, and we have yet to hear a direct, on-the-record denial of the allegations by either side. […]

Andrew Scheer: Justin Trudeau has betrayed Canadians

Feb 11 2019 — Andrew Scheer — “One of the most important things about my approach in politics has been creating a level of accountability, of transparency, of openness, of honesty that means admitting when mistakes were made, taking responsibility for them, and fixing them in an open matter.” Justin Trudeau spoke those words five years ago — setting the tone for […]

Hard to overstate seriousness of SNC-Lavalin allegations

Feb 9 2019 — Andrew Coyne — Can it be? Can a large, politically sensitive corporation with a history of buying influence avoid prosecution in this country by the mere expedient of a phone call to the prime minister’s office? Can the prime minister’s staff have charges against the corporation dropped by a quick call to the minister of justice? Is that […]

The government needs to let Jody Wilson-Raybould speak

Feb 8 2019 — John Ivison — “It’s worse than Adscam” — the sponsorship scandal that ultimately brought down a previous Liberal government — according to one overcaffeinated tweet. We can probably all agree that if Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressured as justice minister to intervene in the corruption prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, and was then demoted for refusing to do so, we have […]

Tale of prosecutorial interference a mortal threat to the Trudeau brand

Feb 7 2019 — Chris Selley — In a Thursday press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denied that he or anyone from his office directed Justice Minister (as she then was) Jody Wilson-Raybould to abandon the prosecution of SNC Lavalin over some funny business in Libya, and instead pursue a friendlier so-called “remediation agreement.” Interestingly, no one had alleged what he denied. […]

Maxime Bernier defends right-hand man after accusations of ‘antisemitism, misogyny, and racism’

Feb 6 2019 — Marie-Danielle Smith — Maxime Bernier, leader of the nascent People’s Party of Canada, is defending his right-hand man Martin Masse amid accusations the top party official fomented “antisemitism, misogyny, and racism” in his past writings. Jewish-Canadian group B’nai Brith Canada released findings from their “independent investigation” of Masse on Wednesday, based on a review of his work for […]