Wernick, Drouin testify on SNC-Lavalin scandal

Wernick, Drouin testify on SNC-Lavalin scandal

Treasury Board president Jane Philpott, considered a star minister, said in a resignation letter that it was "untenable" for her to continue in the Cabinet because she lost confidence and could not defend the government. "Nothing, and Ms. Wilson-Raybould confirmed it, nothing was illegal and crossed the line".

During Wernick's February 21 appearance he offered off-topic opening remarks on the state of online discourse, partisanship and the prospect of political assassinations.

Wilson-Raybould testified last week she was pressured to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin.

They will be appearing between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. "I was deeply concerned by what the minister was saying". She alleged she was subjected to inappropriate pressure - as well as veiled threats about being removed as justice minister and attorney general - to intervene to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC on bribery and fraud charges related to contracts in Libya.

If convicted criminally, the Montreal-based company would be banned from receiving any federal government business for a decade.

Where Wilson-Raybould testified the spectre of massive job losses, partisanship, and references to the Prime Minister electoral fortunes in discussions about SNC Lavalin, Butts rebutted the government was only reminding the Attorney General the legislation was new, and the social costs were tremendous.

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Wilson-Raybould resigned from Cabinet last month after being demoted to veteran affairs minister the month before. Trudeau denies the allegations, saying he made clear to Wilson-Raybould that any decision on the case was hers alone.

Wilson-Raybould said that being attorney general and justice minister was her "dream job", Butts testified, and that she wanted to remain in that post.

"The attempt by the cabinet to highlight a personal relationship as an explanation as to why the cabinet minister resigned is completely false", Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt said in an interview.

Wilson-Raybould said during testimony last week that she had experienced a "consistent and sustained effort" by Liberal officials attempting to persuade her to enact a DPA.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said after hearing Butts' testimony she still believes Wilson-Raybould's version of events, though noted that Butts may not have given certain interactions the same magnitude Wilson-Raybould had.

"I will say about the Clerk of the Privy Council, who I've gotten to know very well over the past three and a half years, that I find the accusations levelled against him completely inconsistent with his character".

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