Opposition Cries Cover-up of SNC-Lavalin Affair

The MP for Essex is speaking out after the House of Commons Justice Committee shut down an opposition attempt to call Jody Wilson-Raybould to testify again on the SNC-Lavalin affair.

Tracey Ramsey calls the committee outrageous and says "to see a tool being used to shut down debate, this is a very extreme move at any committee to try to stop the conversation from continuing and it's very disappointing to Canadians to see the Liberals using this move today to end the debate to end the possibility of Ms. Wilson-Raybould coming back before the committee"

Shortly after the meeting convened on Wednesday afternoon, the Liberal committee members voted to adjourn, with Conservatives and New Democrats shouting out "Cover-up!" and "Despicable!"

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Ramsey says the process should be about fairness and giving Wilson-Raybould the chance to address what has been said about her.

"The committee trying to hide behind procedure and say this isn't the proper place to do that is incorrect. Committees are able to determine their own destiny and this was up to the Liberals on the committee because they hold the majority."

Opposition members wanted the former justice minister and attorney general to appear again to answer claims made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's former top aide Gerald Butts.

Wilson-Raybould quit the federal cabinet in mid-February amid a controversy over pressure she says she faced from Butts and others last fall to head off a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin over alleged bribery and fraud it used to seek contracts in Libya.

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


— With files from The Canadian Press