The leader of the Opposition is now calling for an emergency meeting of the parliamentary justice committee to question high-ranking officials linked to a recent report that the Prime Minister’s Office tried to pressure former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.
Conservative party leader Andrew Scheer wants the following individuals questioned.
- Wilson-Raybould (now veterans affairs minister and former justice minister).
- Principal secretary to the prime minister Gerald Butts.
- Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick.
- Director of Public Prosecutions Kathleen Roussel.
- Chief of staff to the prime minister Katie Telford.
Senioradviser to the prime minister Mathieu Bouchard.
- Senior adviser to the prime minister Elder Marques.
- Chief of staff to the minister of veterans affairs Jessica Prince.
- Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Lametti.
Andrew Scheer also suggested Friday morning that his party is looking at “legal avenues” if the governing Liberals “continue to cover this up.”
“If the prime minister has nothing to hide, as he has
While the NDP and the Conservatives have now called for an investigation or inquiry, the Trudeau government continues to maintain that the story reported by the Globe and Mail is “false”.
The Globe and Mail in-turn has asked for clarification from the Prime Minister, due to the rather vague wording of his response.
The PM notably stated his office did not provide “direction”, seemingly forgetting that the Globe and Mail report made the claim that the PMO “pressed” the Attorney General.
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