OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – MP’s are weighing in on reports that former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould has a list of demands to end the SNC-Lavalin affair.
The conditions Wilson-Raybould reportedly set out came during weeks of negotiations with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to put this matter to rest. Multiple reports say the demands included calls for senior staffers to be fired, an apology from the PM, and assurances that the new attorney general did not give SNC-Lavalin a remediation deal.
That last demand has Liberals like Adam Vaughn raising concerns and suggesting it’s hypocritical.
“I don’t understand how you can say ‘you should never interfere with an AG’s decision and yet she wanted to effectively handcuff the new AG,” he added.
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Democratic institutions Minister Karina Gould says she’s also concerned by that request, “Asking the prime minister to direct the new attorney general and how to act, I think is completely inappropriate and obviously overstepping, because that was the very thing that she was raising an issue with.”
But opposition MPs like the NDP’s Charlie Angus say this was completely justified given the circumstances
“The Liberals keep spinning an attempt to smear these two women with increasingly ridiculous statements,” he noted, with Green Party Leader Elizabeth May agreeing.
“I would feel the same way, I would want to make sure that in this instance there would be no effort now,” May added.
Wilson-Raybould has not commented on the reports.