Bob Layton: I believe Jody Wilson-Raybould

Jody Wilson-Raybould appears at the House of Commons Justice Committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

I was going to say “unbelievable” but it is believable to me because I believe MP Jody Wilson-Raybould is telling the truth. She says for four months she was subjected to consistent and sustained pressure in the SNC-Lavalin case.

She says she received veiled threats from the PMO about jobs being lost in Quebec, about how they had an election to win, and reminders that the PM was a Quebec MP.

READ MORE: Jody Wilson-Raybould’s full statement to Commons justice committee

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he was concerned about 9,000 jobs but that the decision over letting SNC-Lavalin off the prosecution’s hook in favour of what basically amounts to a fine was hers and hers alone.

He denies any pressure.

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She says when she refused to interfere in the prosecution, she was removed as attorney general and sent to veterans affairs and then resigned because she did not have confidence sitting in cabinet.

READ MORE: Jody Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet amid SNC-Lavalin affair, Trudeau ‘surprised and disappointed’

She will not say if she has lost confidence in the prime minister, but sometimes silence says it all.

Others are not being so ​quiet.

There are calls for Trudeau’s resignation, leading to a leadership convention.

READ MORE: Andrew Scheer calls on Justin Trudeau to resign as Prime Minister

Wilson-Raybould says she’s staying on as a Liberal MP.

What if she, an honest politician, ran for the leadership and won?

Certainly, a feminist like Trudeau would vote for her to lead the country, because, this is, after all, 2019.

Let me know what you think.

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