New Brunswick MP continues to speak out over SNC-Lavalin controversy

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WATCH: Saint John MP Wayne Long continues to weigh in on the scandal involving construction giant SNC-Lavalin, former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, and the prime minister's office. Andrew Cromwell reports – Feb 14, 2019

For the second time this week, a New Brunswick MP is speaking out over a political controversy involving his own party.

Saint John-Rothesay representative Wayne Long continues to weigh in on the scandal involving construction giant SNC-Lavalin, former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould and the Prime Minister’s Office. An emergency meeting of the federal justice committee was called Wednesday following a Globe and Mail report that alleged Wilson-Raybould was pressured by Trudeau to intervene and help the Quebec-based company avoid trial on corruption and fraud charges.

Wilson-Raybould has since resigned from her new position as veterans affairs minister, and the Liberal-weighted committee has so far blocked attempts to have the former minister and PMO staff testify on the matter.

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Long has already called for an investigation into the matter, and has again taken to social media on the latest turn of events.

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Long tweeted: “I feel that it is imperative that the committee expand the witness list for the investigation to include MP Wilson-Raybould and the officials from the PMO who may be able to shed light on this matter.”

Global News wasn’t able to speak with Long — who is out of town — by phone, but did connect via text. On the issue of adding Wilson-Raybould, among others, to the witness list, Long said, “You can’t have a full accounting of what happened without the key players. ”

As for his speaking out on this controversial issue, Long added, “And to be clear, I’m not against my government. I’m simply asking for a full transparent hearing. That’s healthy.”

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In New Brunswick this week, Federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May credited Long for his stance, but suggested this fall’s election may also be at play.

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“A Liberal sweep such as took place in 2015,” May said. “I think every Liberal strategist knows…that can’t happen twice.”

Long’s decision to join other Liberals in speaking out on such a large issue isn’t being viewed as risky in a traditionally strong Conservative area.

“When certain situations or events come up where it’s an opportunity politically, maybe, to show that you’re more of an independent voice … you probably need to take those, and this is one of those safe ones,” said UNB Saint John political scientist JP Lewis.

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The House of Commons resumes sitting next week.

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