Jody Wilson-Raybould to release text messages, emails to justice committee in SNC-Lavalin scandal
|Toronto Star 22 Mar 2019 at 07:59|
Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she will provide “copies of text messages and emails” that she referred to in her testimony last month to the standing committee in the wake of the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
“I do hope my response to the Committee’s specific request and additional information will assist the Committee in completing its study on this important matter and in preparing its final report,” she wrote in an open letter Friday.
In this file photo taken on February 27, 2019 Former Canadian Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould arrives to give her testimony about the SNC-Lavalin affair before a justice committee hearing on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Feb. 27. (LARS HAGBERG / AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO)
The Liberal majority shot down a Conservative motion this week calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to let Wilson-Raybould testify more fully about her allegation that she was improperly pressured to drop a criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.
Wilson-Raybould has already testified for nearly four hours before the committee, having been granted a waiver from solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality to freely discuss events from last fall — when the inappropriate pressure was allegedly applied — until Jan. 14, when she was shuffled out of the dual justice and attorney general post to Veterans Affairs.