PM's former top adviser asks to testify after Wilson-Raybould bombshell

Jody Wilson-Raybould

Jody Wilson-Raybould

In the testimony before the House of Commons' justice committee on Wednesday, Wilson-Raybould said that she faced political pressure and "veiled threats" to drop a criminal prosecution against Montreal-based construction and engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it will be up to the country's ethics watchdog to decide who is telling the truth in the SNC-Lavalin affair - Trudeau, or former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.

Conservative Party leader Andrew Sheer called for the Prime Minister's resignation Wednesday, saying the Liberal government had lost moral authority to govern after former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould's explosive testimony.

Wilson-Raybould called it "incredibly inappropriate" but said she didn't think it was illegal.

Wilson-Raybould said she asked Trudeau if he was politically interfering with her role as attorney general and told him she would strongly advise against it.

"I will not go into details of this call, or subsequent communications about the shuffle, but I will say that I stated I believed the reason was because of the SNC matter".

Bombshell allegations of political interference by top-level political staffers, and even the prime minister himself hit Parliament hill this week.

Citing text messages from Prince sent to her immediately after the meeting, Wilson-Raybould said the prime minister's top two aides wanted her to hire an external legal expert, possibly a retired Supreme Court justice, to give an opinion on the appropriateness of directing Roussel to reverse her decision on the SNC-Lavalin prosecution.

Morneau was in a cabinet meeting during Wilson-Raybould's testimony but has reviewed it since, he said, adding that she "is entitled to her opinion".

In searing testimony in front of parliament's justice committee, Wilson-Raybould detailed "consistent and sustained" efforts to change her mind.

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"I have met with Minister Wilson-Raybould a couple of times already since arriving in B.C. yesterday", Trudeau said.

The Official Opposition says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has no option but to resign.

The remarks by Jody Wilson-Raybould, made during nearly four hours of sometimes dramatic testimony to the House of Commons justice committee, deepened the worst crisis of Trudeau's tenure months before an October election. And without taking sides, if what was said is true, it's troubling, because we have to put our institutions. protect them and make sure that there's no undue pressure and political pressure.

Bird is immersed in the world of law daily through her school work, and she said it was nice to see a First Nation woman remind the government the law applies to them, too.

Last week, Wernick asserted that the prime minister's staff conducted themselves to "the highest standards of integrity" and neither they nor he applied improper pressure on her.

Mr Trudeau has been accused of pressuring his former attorney general to cut a deal with a company facing corruption charges - and retaliating when she refused to play ball.

Meanwhile NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, who was elected on Monday, called on Trudeau to fully waive solicitor-client privilege so that Canadians can get the full story about what took place.

Trudeau disputed her view of events. "We need to look at ways to build a better country for all that respects the rule of law, not only common law and civil law, but one day natural law, Indigenous law as well".

She said there would be merits in separating the roles of attorney general and justice minister.

Trudeau said Wednesday he won't resign and has essentially dismissed his former minister's testimony as a fabrication.

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