Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick must resign over SNC-Lavalin affair testimony: Angus
|globalnews.ca 04 Mar 2019 at 08:44|
Wernick also spoke up for the Liberal government’s Indigenous agenda and integrity, which Angus says is inappropriate for a non-partisan public official.
The Clerk of the Privy Council has put himself in a completely untenable situation as a non-partisan public servant. He is now a central figure in a serious political controversy. I ve written to the Prime Minister calling for his resignation. https://t.co/NSjyIFJWir
Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould testified that Wernick leaned on her to head off a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin over allegations of bribery and fraud in its dealings in Libya, including allegations that he conveyed to her that Trudeau would find a way to get a deal for the company even if she disagreed.
She said in her testimony that Wernick also raised partisan political considerations in discussion of the matter, and that he made “veiled threats” to her.
“It is wholly inappropriate for the Clerk to bring up these partisan considerations, particularly in the sensitive context,” Angus wrote in the open letter.
Angus says that made Wernick “a central player in a very political controversy.”
“Mr. Wernick has overstepped his role,” Angus continued. “He cannot remain Clerk of the Privy Council and I urge you to ask for his resignation immediately.”