NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Then-justice minister Jody Wilson Raybould on Parliament Hill Monday

Wilson-Raybould was Justin Trudeau's justice minister and attorney general and was able to shepherd some major legislation for the government including medically assisted dying and the legalization of marijuana. "I had full confidence in her role as attorney general to make the decision". "But as we do that, we always need to make sure we're standing up for the rule of law and protecting the independence of our justice system", Trudeau said.

"I categorically deny the accusation that I or anyone else in his office pressured Ms. Wilson-Raybould", Butts said.

"Any accusation that I or the staff put pressure on the attorney general is simply not true", he said, but added: "It is in the best interests of the office and its important work for me to step away".

Some have alleged that Raybould-Wilson was shuffled out of her more prominent position into the less-prominent veterans affairs portfolio because she pushed back.

Trudeau has denied the allegations, saying that he had made clear to Wilson-Raybould that any decision on the case "as attorney general was hers alone to make".

The opposition parties quickly rejected Trudeau's explanation.

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says a public inquiry is necessary in the scandal involving engineering giant SNC-Lavalin and Canada's former justice minister.

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Ruben Gallego of Phoenix is also considering a Senate run, which would likely set up a tough fight for the Democratic nomination. If Kelly becomes the Democratic nominee, he will be up against McSally-also a veteran, having served in the Air Force as a pilot.

"I encouraged her to run for the Liberal Party of Canada and worked hard to support her as a candidate and then cabinet minister". Max St-Pierre tweeted: "It's ok, I usually blame my husband for everything too".

The Liberal-led Justice Committee has recently opened an investigation into the SNC-Lavalin allegations but have curiously excluded several main players from the witness list including Gerald Butts and Jody Wilson-Raybould herself.

Multiple MPs also told CBC News that while there was a consensus in caucus that Wilson-Raybould should no longer sit at the cabinet table, there was no justifiable reason to remove the MP for Vancouver-Granville from the Liberal caucus. She has not explained why and she has not commented on the allegation, levelled by anonymous sources in a Globe and Mail story 10 days ago, that she was improperly pressured, citing solicitor-client privilege.

This week, Trudeau said it was only because of former Treasury Secretary Scott Brison's resignation that the cabinet was shuffled and Raybould-Wilson moved.

The heartwarming activity stood in sharp contrast to the political firestorm sparked by her resignation as veterans affairs minister earlier this week. She is the first Indigenous person to hold the post, which combines duties as a politician (heading the Department of Justice) and a legal official (overseeing prosecutions).

"I am stunned by the prime minister's answer to this because it was as close to a confirmation that you're probably going to get from this guy as to what really happened here".

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