Jody Wilson-Raybould accepts invitation to testify on SNC-Lavalin scandal

Feb 26 2019, 9:54 pm

Embattled politician Jody Wilson-Raybould is set to testify about the SNC-Lavalin affair on Wednesday.

The announcement comes a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lifted the solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality provisions that prevented her from speaking in front of the House of Commons justice committee.

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The order, which Trudeau says was not issued lightly, is outlined in an Orders in Council decision online. The protections have been lifted on all of Wilson-Raybould’s conversations except ones had with the director of public prosecutions.

The hearings centre around the multi-billion dollar Quebec engineering firm and whether the former attorney general was pressured to drop a criminal prosecution against them.

Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet several days after allegations against the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) emerged, and little more than a month after she was shuffled from the justice office to veterans affairs. She remains a Liberal MP in the Vancouver-Granville riding.

Gerald Butts, a top advisor for Trudeau and long-time friend, also resigned in the wake of the controversy surrounding the PMO and possible interference.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has called for an independent inquiry into the scandal.