An inappropriate effort Quotes from WilsonRaybould at justice committee

first_imgOTTAWA — Quotes from former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s appearance before the House of Commons justice committee, Feb. 27, 2019:“For a period of approximately four months, between September and December of 2018, I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada, in an inappropriate effort to secure a deferred-prosecution agreement with SNC-Lavalin.” — Jody Wilson-Raybould—“There were express statements regarding the necessity of interference in the SNC-Lavalin matter, the potential of consequences, and veiled threats if a DPA was not made available to SNC.” — Jody Wilson-Raybould—“I was concerned that the reason why I was being shuffled out of the minister of justice and attorney general possibly was because of a decision I would not take on SNC and the DPA. I raised those concerns with the prime minister and with Gerry Butts, and as I said in my remarks, those were denied.” — Jody Wilson-Raybould—“The conversations that I had, where they became very clearly inappropriate, was when political issues came up, like the election in Quebec, like losing the election if SNC were to move their headquarters.” — Jody Wilson-Raybould—“I believe if we believe you, which I do, that there is no other conclusion that one can reasonably draw than there was a sustained consistent effort to interfere politically with the critical role an (attorney general) must play in our legal system.” — NDP MP Murray RankinThe Canadian Presslast_img

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