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Liberals Called Out For Blocking Move To Invite Jody Wilson-Raybould Back To Testify On SNC-Lavalin Issue

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The Canadian Liberal Members of Parliament decided to block an effort being made by the opposition on Wednesday to invite Jody Wilson-Raybould back to the parliamentary committee. The effort was being made to have Wilson-Raybould talk even more about the Liberal government's alleged pressuring of her to shelve the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Inc. 

Despite the liberal government's vote on the subject matter, it's clear that Jody Wilson-Raybould will not be giving up so easily. In fact, she's expressed a willingness to appear before the justice committee if she's asked to give additional testimony. According to The Globe and Mail, the last time that she apparently appeared was last month in which she claimed to have experienced “consistent and sustained” pressure from Mr.Trudeau as well as other senior officials to put off the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

This doesn't necessarily mean that the Liberals would like to try and silence Wilson-Raybould. You see, one Liberal MP (Member of Parliament) Randy Boissonnault, who's actually on the justice committee mentioned that members need time to reflect on what they've heard so far before they go ahead and meet at a scheduled time on Monday, March 19. 

However, the Conservatives seem to be viewing the move from a different angle. In their eyes, it is important that Raybould have the chance to respond to a testimony given by Gerald Butts, the former principal secretary for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In this case, it is said that the Conservative deputy leader, Lisa Raitt called out the Liberals for stalling an invitation to Ms. Wilson-Raybould. Alongside the Conservatives is another political party, the NDP, who also believe that Ms. Wilson-Raybould should be given another shot at speaking. 

Even if the effort wasn't blocked by the Liberals and the other parties appeared to have gotten what they want, it wouldn't break the fact that Ms. Wilson-Raybould is still limited in what she can reveal. There's even a cabinet order that permits her to talk without falling under violation of solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality, but it doesn't apply to conversations that took place after or in relation to her resignation from her position. On top of that, it also doesn't apply to conversations that took place after she was shuffled out of the justice portfolio.

All in all, it's clear that the SNC-Lavalin case is far from over, especially with both sides debating the issue fiercely. On one side you've got the Liberals which seem to want to evaluate all the info they just received, then there are the Conservatives who want answers and few delays in that process. They might see that every time something like this occurs, it slows down the investigation as a whole.

By Michael Normandin 

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