Published: Thu, March 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trudeau no longer insisting Liberals didn't pressure Wilson-Raybould

Trudeau no longer insisting Liberals didn't pressure Wilson-Raybould

Philpott's friend, former Attorney General and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, testified last week that Trudeau and senior members of his government inappropriately tried to pressure her to avoid prosecution of a major Canadian engineering company in a case involving allegations of corruption in Libya.

The resignation of Philpott will continue to pile on the pressure, she has stated her decision was a matter of principle and in her resignation letter said: "I must abide by my core values, my ethical responsibilities, constitutional obligations". Trudeau says she had asked to speak there and was invited to do so but cabinet confidentiality means nothing can be revealed about why or what was said.

The World Socialist Web Site holds no political brief for Wilson-Raybould.

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She said she had received "veiled threats" and "hounding" from senior government officials close to the PM, who were pushing for a deferred prosecution agreement. Philpott's resignation kills that scheme dead in its tracks.

February 27 - Wilson-Raybould tells the Commons justice committee she came under "consistent and sustained" pressure - including veiled threats - from the Prime Minister's Office, the Privy Council Office and the finance minister's office to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

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The leader of Canada's Conservative opposition, Andrew Scheer, has been a frequent critic of Trudeau.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Jane Philpott take part in a cabinet shuffle on January 14, 2019.

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The Canadian prime minister's Chief Secretary, Gerald Butts, also resigned last Monday amid the SNC-Lavalin controversy.

However, this is not what is motivating the corporate media or at least the large sections of it that are presenting the bullying of Wilson-Raybould-something the ex-Attorney-General herself says was "not illegal"-as a transgression virtually without precedent".

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It could have been argued (and Trudeau-ites were arguing it) that on its own, Wilson-Raybould's testimony and resignation were survivable.

Also on the speakers list: Former deputy finance minister David Dodge, Mulroney's former foreign affairs minister Barbara McDougall, former Canadian ambassador to the United States Derek Burney, former Privy Council Clerk Wayne Wouters, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May - who, as the advisory notes, served as a policy advisor to Mulroney's environment minister - and Mulroney's former executive assistant Bill Pristanski, who is now listed as a registered lobbyist for SNC-Lavalin. Canada's Treasury board president, a woman named Jane Philpott, wrote a public letter arguing Trudeau had broken what she called a fundamental doctrine of the rule of law by pressuring his attorney general.

Yes, Trudeau has not denied that he and his team spoke to Wilson-Raybould but they insist none of the conversations were inappropriate and were within the law.

Whether Philpott and Wilson-Raybould will remain in caucus is not certain, although Trudeau's remarks Monday night seemed to suggest they will. That's not an unfair response, but the way this process unraveled and based on what Ms Wilson-Raybould said in her public testimony, the degree of interference that she felt she was being subject to, political interference, was quite high and maybe a bit uncommon, particularly, given that she had argued her department, the Department of Justice here in Canada had made a decision on September 4.

But earlier this year, Trudeau made her the veteran affairs minister in a move that many believe was a demotion.

"Canadians need the assurance that, in all matters, Members of Parliament will act in the best interests of the public", she said.

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