TRUDEAU'S FORMER TOP ADVISER TO TESTIFY ON SNC LAVALIN
Feb 28, 2019
By Bob Komsic
Ten days after resigning as the prime minister’s former principal secretary resigned, and one day after Jody Wilson-Raybould’s bombshell testimony, Gerald Butts asked to appear before the Commons justice committee.
And it has agreed.
The former attorney general testified that she faced relentless, inappropriate pressure, and even veiled threats from Justin Trudeau, Gerald Butts, Canada’s top civil servant Michael Wernick and the finance minister’s office to politically interfere and help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.
Butts says he believes he has evidence that will be of assistance to the committee but will first need some time to receive legal advice and compile relevant documents.
Wernick is also being called back to the committee because he had testified before cabinet confidence and solicitor-client privilege was lifted for Wilson-Raybould.
It’s not yet clear when the committee will next hear testimony.
Meanwhile, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is calling on the prime minister to resign and for the RCMP to investigate.
The commissioner’s said to be reviewing it.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has called for a public inquiry.
MPs will also hold an emergency debate tonight on Wilson-Raybould’s testimony.