Liberal MPs vote for swift end to special justice committee meeting

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 16, 2019

Conservative MP Michael Cooper said: "It's part of the cover-up". The engineering and construction giant faces charges of bribing foreign officials in Libya. According to committee rules, a motion to adjourn takes precedence over anything else the committee might do.

Opposition MPs were incensed, leaping to their feet and shouting out epithets like "shame", "coverup" and "despicable!"

"The committee has already expressed its wishes on March 6 to have this particular hearing on March 19 so it's as simple as that", he said as he left the room.

Wilson-Raybould quit the federal cabinet in mid-February, a few days after the allegations of improper pressure arose.

When he testified, Butts put the dispute down to a series of miscommunications and misunderstandings.

Both the NDP and Conservatives want to know what happened after the cabinet shuffle that saw her lose her job as justice minister and why she eventually resigned from Justin Trudeau's cabinet.

While Wilson-Raybould did present her accounts of what happened to the House of Commons Justice Committee opposition leader Andrew Scheer has said that her statements have not gone far enough and is now pushing her to continue sharing her experience.

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Instead of letting her speak again - or at the very least, telling the public if the PM will let her speak, and when - the committee used its majority to shut down the discussion and debate.

Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre said his party would meet privately to discuss what their next course of action is to continue pressuring the government over the controversy.

"Canadians deserve to know what those event were". "If they were going to let her speak, they could have done it today".

Justin Trudeau is gambling on two things: Canadians losing interest in this crisis over time, and that the budget will actually be more interesting than Justin, Jody and the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

The Liberals have also used their majority to frustrate opposition plans to call other witnesses including Mr Trudeau's chief of staff, Katie Telford, senior Prime Minister's Office (PMO) advisers Elder Marques and Mathieu Bouchard and Jessica Prince, Ms Wilson-Raybould's former chief of staff.

"Today was an extreme disappointment", Ramsey said. The Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development has also made a rare statement saying they are "watching" the situation which involves an worldwide incident of bribery and fraud by the Canadian-based multinational SNC Lavalin.

Opposition politicians are trying to get Jody Wilson-Raybould back for another testimony.

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