For the first time since the SNC-Lavalin controversy erupted, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put forward his account today of what happened during a meeting between himself, former justice minister and attorney general of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould and Michael Wernick.
Wilson-Raybould gave her version of the Sept. 17 meeting when she appeared before a House of Commons committee last month, saying she had requested the one-on-one meeting with Trudeau a couple of weeks earlier.
More on the same tack…Some things Jody Wilson-Raybould could help clear up
Jody Wilson-Raybould’s Feb. 27 testimony to the House justice committee on why she quit Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet over the SNC-Lavalin affair set out a version of events that has now been contradicted on key points by Trudeau, his former principal secretary Gerald Butts, and Michael Wernick, the top federal bureaucrat.
Wilson-Raybould, the former justice minister and attorney general, and then briefly veterans’ affairs minister, has offered to appear again at the committee, but the Liberal MPs who are in the majority on it have so far voted against recalling her. Here are three key points—and there are lots more—on which anybody following the ins and outs of the saga must be hungry to hear again from its central figure.