Andrew Coyne: If the system truly worked, it would not hang on the defiance of one woman

Why didn’t you just resign, Liberal members of the Commons justice committee demanded to know of Jody Wilson-Raybould, after she testified that senior government officials had for months improperly pressured her to stop the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

Her answer: because she was all that stood in the way of the prosecution being stopped. “I was, in my opinion, doing my job as the attorney general. I was protecting a fundamental, constitutional principle of prosecutorial independence and the independence of our judiciary … And as long as I was attorney general, I was going to ensure that the independence of the director of public prosecutions, and the exercise of their discretion, was not interfered with.”