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MP's testimony shocking

As I sit down to write my weekly report, I must admit to being at a loss for words.

Earlier on Parliament Hill, former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould shared her details related to the emerging situation with SNC Lavalin.

To be candid, this testimony was shocking and has left Ottawa reeling.

Ms. Wilson-Raybould stated on the record that she was the target of a "consistent and sustained" effort by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his most senior staff to politically interfere in the criminal case against SNC-Lavalin.

The testimony included references allegedly quoted from Mr. Trudeau's principal secretary, stating that there would be (political) interference, that there was no solution without some interference.

In addition, Katie Telford, Mr. Trudeau's chief of staff, allegedly said they were "sick of legalities.”

Other comments included statements such as "we need to get re-elected." and that if the former Justice Minister changed her mind that the they would line-up people to write op-eds claiming everything was legal.

The testimony from Ms. Wilson-Raybould ultimately referenced the Prime Minister, Clerk of the Privy Council, former principal secretary to the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and the chief of staff to the Finance Minister.

In total, 11 people were raised in a series over 10 calls and 10 meetings.

Ultimately, Ms. Wilson-Raybould was told "He's (Mr.Trudeau) going to find a way to do it one way or another.”

The testimony later revealed that the former Justice Minister's deputy minister was allegedly informed by the Clerk that there would soon be a "new (Justice) Minister and that the first thing the deputy should do with the new minister is have a discussion about SNC (Lavalin) and the DPA (deferred prosecution agreement).

I will share some of the final words in her prepared statement from Ms. Wilson-Raybould:

"I hope and expect that the facts speak for themselves. I imagine Canadians now fully understand that in my view, these events constituted pressure to intervene in a matter, and that this pressure or this political interference to intervene was not appropriate."

My question this week relates to this statement:

  • Do you believe that Mr. Trudeau and his inner circle attempted to pressure the former Justice Minister to politically interfere in the criminal case against SNC- Lavalin?

I can be reached at [email protected] or call toll free at 1-800-665-8711.

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Dan Albas, Conservative member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, is the shadow minister of innovation, science, economic development and internal trade, and sits on the standing committee on finance.

Before entering public life, Dan was the owner of Kick City Martial Arts, responsible for training hundreds of men, women and youth to bring out their best.

In British Columbia, Dan has been consistently one of the lowest spending MPs on office and administration related costs despite operating two offices to better serve local constituents.

Dan is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s top 10 most active members of Parliament on Twitter (@danalbas) and continues to write a weekly column published in many local newspapers and on this website.

He can be reached at [email protected] or call toll free at 1-800-665-8711.



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