Wilson-Raybould won’t comment on SNC-Lavalin case because of “solicitor-client privilege”
Former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould who is caught up in the middle of the SNC-Lavalin scandal says she won’t be commenting on the affair because she’s bound by a solicitor-client relationship.
“As the former minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, I am bound by solicitor-client privilege in this matter,” said Wilson-Raybould.
A report released earlier this week wreaked havoc in Canada’s political world suggesting that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured the former AG into intervening in a corruption case against the company.
The bombshell report suggested that SNC-Lavalin lobbyists met with officials from the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss “justice” and “law enforcement”. The exact details of these meetings are unknown.
The opposition has been calling for the government to hold an open inquiry into the matter.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to the allegations of political interference by calling them false.
“Neither the current nor the previous attorney general was ever directed by me, or by anyone in my office, to take a decision in this matter,” said the Prime Minister.
Both the NDP and the CPC want several Liberal government officials to appear before a committee on the matter, including the former AG herself.
“I would appear before the committee. Of course I would,” said Wilson-Raybould.