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Wilson-Raybould says she’ll provide more evidence — including texts and emails — on SNC-Lavalin affair

Wilson-Raybould says she’ll provide more evidence — including texts and emails — on SNC-Lavalin affair
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OTTAWA — Liberal MPs on the House of Commons justice committee may have shut down further hearings on the SNC-Lavalin affair, but Jody Wilson-Raybould has still found a way to provide more evidence.

In a letter to committee chair Anthony Housefather, Wilson-Raybould says she will provide a written statement to the committee that will include more information supporting her testimony, including texts and emails.

The letter, dated March 21, notes that because the committee has concluded its study, she understands she will “not be re-called as a witness to complete my testimony or to respond orally to statements that were made by witnesses after I testified.”

Wilson-Raybould testified at the committee on Feb. 27, after the Globe and Mail reported allegations that while attorney general she had been inappropriately pressured to intervene in the criminal prosecution of Montreal-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. Other key witnesses testified after her, however, including Gerald Butts, who recently resigned as principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Michael Wernick, who recently announced his early retirement as Privy Council Clerk. Wernick had first testified before Wilson-Raybould’s appearance, but was asked to appear a second time.

However, the letter also says her submission to the committee will stay “within the confines” of the waiver of privilege Trudeau provided in February. That means it will not address any events that happened after she was informed in January she was being removed as justice minister and attorney general as part of a cabinet shuffle. Wilson-Raybould has said she will not discuss those events unless she gets a further waiver of privilege from Trudeau.

On Thursday, Maclean’s published an interview with former Treasury Board President Jane Philpott, who resigned from cabinet over the government’s handling of the affair, in which she said there is still “much more to the story that should be told.”

“I believe the former attorney general has further points to make,” Philpott said in the interview. “I believe that I have further issues of concern that I’m not free to share … I believe we actually owe it to Canadians as politicians to ensure that they have the truth. They need to have confidence in the very basic constitutional principle of the independence of the justice system.”

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