March 14, 2019 10:00 am
Updated: March 14, 2019 2:09 pm

Scott Thompson: Why won’t Justin Trudeau let Jody Wilson-Raybould speak again?

Liberal MPs Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott during the January 2019 cabinet shuffle.


This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal-majority House of Commons justice committee refused to allow former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould tell her side of the story in the SNC-Lavalin bribery scandal.

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Instead of letting her speak again — or at the very least, telling the public if the PM will let her speak, and when — the committee used its majority to shut down the discussion and debate.

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The Conservatives and NDP were furious, especially since Trudeau’s former senior advisor, Gerald Butts, testified freely with no limits, and Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick spoke twice.

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The justice committee then put off any debate on Jody Wilson-Raybould testifying again by delaying their decision on anything until March 19.

Oddly enough, that’s the same day the Liberals drop their budget.

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And one more kicker: the next meeting will be held behind closed doors, no cameras allowed, leaving Canadians wondering if they will ever know what happened.

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In the end, Canadians still need to know why the former attorney general was fired and what happened in the time between then and her resignation.

They also need to know if David Lamenti, the new attorney general, will do what Jody Wilson-Raybould refused to do and grant SNC-Lavalin its get of jail free card — and the PM his win in Quebec.

Justin Trudeau is gambling on two things: Canadians losing interest in this crisis over time, and that the budget will actually be more interesting than Justin, Jody and the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

I highly doubt that.

Scott Thompson is the host of The Scott Thompson Show on Global News Radio 900 CHML.​​​​

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