Jody Wilson-Raybould's cabinet move came from Treasury Board president leaving: Trudeau

Jody Wilson-Raybould's cabinet move came from Treasury Board president leaving: Trudeau

"If Scott Brison had not stepped down from cabinet, Jody Wilson Raybould would still be minister of justice and attorney general", Trudeau said. This included shuffling Wilson-Raybould into the Veterans Affairs portfolio, he added.

"I, of course, said no, that it was her decision to make and I expected her to make it", Trudeau told reporters.

Trudeau originally denied the report and insisted he never directed Wilson-Raybould to intervene, stating, essentially, that there's nothing to see here.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that if former Treasury Board president Scott Brison had not left his position in December, Jody Wilson-Raybould would not have been shuffled to veterans affairs.

Randy Hoback put out a press release to media late Friday afternoon calling on Trudeau to waive solicitor-client privilege, and for the Liberals on the Justice Committee to stop blocking the Conservatives' attempts to call Wilson-Raybould, Trudeau's principal secretary Gerald Butts and his senior Quebec advisor Mathiew Bouchard to testify at committee.

Wilson-Raybould, a former AFN regional chief, announced her resignation from Trudeau's cabinet on Tuesday after The Globe and Mail reported she felt pressured to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.

"The sexist comments, the racist comments that have been made by anonymous sources are unacceptable and I condemn them in the strongest possible terms", he said. Trudeau also reportedly said that there were many discussions going on about SNC-Lavalin and that Wilson-Raybould asked him if he would be directing her to take a particular decision.

Gerald Butts principal secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at the First Ministers Meeting in Ottawa Ontario. Trudeau’s top adviser Butts resigned Monday Feb. 18 2019 while denying allegations

Even Brison's husband seemed to catch on to the comment. Motz says the Liberals used their majority to block Conservative and NDP motions and voted instead in favour of a closed-door meeting.

He said it was Wilson-Raybould's choice to make.

One option would be to have Conservative and independent senators launch their own committee hearing in order to have a more thorough investigation than the one the Liberal-dominated Commons justice committee is prepared to accept, Mr. Scheer said in an interview aired Sunday on CTV's Question Period.

He tells Raj it's important for Wilson-Raybould to come forward - in his committee or elsewhere - to tell her story. She deserves our utmost appreciation and respect.

"I feel she's a good friend and she is an wonderful leader so I do wish her well".

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