Jody Wilson-Raybould has remained mostly silent on the SNC-Lavalin affair that’s gripped Ottawa for most of the last month. Until today, when Wilson-Raybould is listed as the only witness to testify at the House of Commons justice committee. The former justice minister will deliver a 30-minute opening statement to the committee and could remain in her chair for the full two-hour meeting. Watch that meeting here this afternoon.
What will she say? What won’t she say? It’s hard to know for sure, but Andrew MacDougall writes that no matter what Canadians learn from Wilson-Raybould’s testimony, especially with respect to a conversation with the Prime Minister on the eve of her resignation, there’s definitely more to come.
Of particular interest is the (post-Globe and Mail exclusive) conversation between Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould in British Columbia on the eve of her resignation from cabinet.
Did that conversation feature a re-hash of past arguments in a fight to keep her onside? Did it feature an offer of progress on key Indigenous files in return for her acquiescence on SNC? Was there perhaps even an apology for the heavy-handed actions of certain high-profile PMO staffers? All we know for sure is that Trudeau said publicly they were straight on SNC after those conversations, only for Wilson-Raybould to then resign from cabinet.
In other words, Wilson-Raybould’s latest gambit means that even if she comes to the justice committee and says absolutely everything about what Trudeau has said she can say—and she says her 30 scheduled minutes at committee aren’t enough—there will still be more to say. It’s incredible.
Read MacDougall’s full column here.
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