Trudeau unsure about Wilson-Raybould's future in Liberal Party

Trudeau unsure about Wilson-Raybould's future in Liberal Party

In other words, a truly loyal subject will adhere to the rule of law no matter the political pressure put on them - and oh, my, but it's a wonder Jody Wilson-Raybould (or JWR as she's become known) wasn't turned into a diamond, so intense was the pressure put upon her by the Prime Minister's Office on behalf of Quebec-based engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin.

"They wanted to know where I am in terms of finding a solution", she said.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, speaking immediately after Wilson-Raybould's testimony, said Trudeau had lost the moral authority to govern the country and called for the prime minister to resign. Daily Caller photo by David Krayden.

The former Attorney General named several prominent politicians and staff who were engaged in pressuring her, some with "veiled threats".

"These events involved 11 people (excluding myself and my political staff) - from the Prime Minister's Office, the Privy Council Office, and the Office of the Minister of Finance", she added. "He has done none of that and it's shameful", McLeod said.

Ms Wilson-Raybould also said during her testimony she did not believe any laws were broken.

The details are as shocking as they are corrupt: multiple veiled threats to her job if she didn't bow to their demands. Wilson-Raybould said she made clear she was not prepared help the company avoid a trial, which is now pending. "Now regarding the jobs at SNC-Lavalin, we're already in discussion with Michael Sabia (President of the Caisse de Depot), with the president of SNC-Lavalin to see how we can together protect the very good jobs", said Legault.

Mr Trudeau said that to his knowledge no member of his staff has been contacted by the RCMP.

"I have taken knowledge of her testimony and there are still reflections to have on next steps", Trudeau told reporters in Montreal on Thursday. He said "everything" was still on the table and that Trudeau "might need to resign" after an inquiry.

Wilson-Raybould pulled back the curtain on the effort to change that decision and help the company, in testimony that was aired on national television in its entirety.

Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod. So did Gerald Butts, the government's principal secretary and a close college friend of Trudeau who is widely credited as being the architect of his electoral victory in 2015.

Eight top managers of SNC-Lavalin are accused of bribing foreign officials.

When Prince suggested that would be interference, Butts purportedly said, "Jess, there is no solution here that does not involve some interference".

Opposition Conservatives are calling on the Liberal PM to resign. "The attorney-general is not an island, even in circumstances where a final decision rests with him or her".

But the most egregious pressure came the following day, on December 19, when Wilson-Raybould said she received what she deemed to be three "veiled threats" that she could lose her job from the clerk of the Privy Council, Wernick.

Butts has written the House of Commons justice committee, requesting to be called as a witness.

Wilson-Raybould resigned from the Cabinet on February 12 as veteran affairs minister but gave no reasons.

Wilson-Raybould said officials cited the danger that the firm might cut jobs or move its headquarters out of Quebec if found guilty. "I am very clearly of the view that the prime minister would never apply improper pressure", she said.

Should the company be convicted in a trial, they would be unable to compete for federal contracts for 10 years, which would leverage a devastating hit to company employees in Canada.

"My staff, appropriately, would make her staff aware of the economic consequences of decisions, about the important of thinking about jobs", Morneau said Thursday.

While she believed it was inappropriate, Wilson-Raybould said she didn't consider the pressure to be illegal.

For weeks, Trudeau's Liberal government has been rocked by the allegations first reported by The Globe and Mail newspaper, only eight months before elections.

According to Wilson-Raybould's testimony, on September 6, Chin emailed her chief of staff, Jessica Prince, asking to speak about SNC-Lavalin and "what we could do, if anything, to address this".

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