Several Liberal insiders have claimed that the former Attorney General and Justice Minister of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould was the original source of the SNC-Lavalin story.
“She’s always sort of been in it for herself. It’s never been about the government or the cabinet. Everything is very Jody-centric,” said an anonymous source from the Liberal government.
In her most recent statement on the affair, Wilson-Raybould said she would not be commenting on the allegations because of her “solicitor-client privilege”.
Since the allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office tried to politically interfere in a justice system decision broke Wilson-Raybould has been relatively tight-lipped about the affair.
According to the Globe and Mail, PMO officials met with SNC-Lavalin lobbyists and attempted to pressure the former AG to intervene in a corruption and fraud case that the company is currently embroiled in.
SNC-Lavalin officials hoped to avoid a criminal case by having the Justice Minister intervene in their favor.
Since the story broke, the Prime Minister has denied the allegations and claims that his office never directed the Justice Minister to intervene in the case.
Wilson-Raybould was removed from her position as AG and Justice Minister in a cabinet shuffle earlier this year in January.