PHILPOTT: ''MUCH MORE'' TO SNC-LAVALIN AFFAIR THAT NEEDS TO BE TOLD
Mar 21, 2019
By Bob Komsic
In her first public remarks since resigning as Treasury Board president earlier this month, Jane Philpott says there is ”much more” to the SNC-Lavalin controversy and believes Canadians would like to know ”the whole story.”
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Meanwhile, the prime minister insists he did not shuffle Jody Wilson-Raybould over the affair, contradicting Philpott who feels there was ”a reason” for moving her from justice to Veterans Affairs.
During a stop in Mississauga, Justin Trudeau was asked about a January meeting with Philpott before the cabinet shuffle.
Trudeau says they discussed her appointment as Treasury Board president and moving Wilson-Raybould to fill Philpott’s role as Indigenous Services minister.
The prime minister says Philpott asked if that had anything to do with SNC-Lavalin.
He claims he told her it did not and that they then talked about how Philpott could help Wilson-Raybould in her new role.
”It was a good and prositive conversation,” added Trudeau.
Meanwhile, the Conservative ethics critic Peter Kent says both Wilson-Raybould and Philpott are being prevented from speaking freely.
With the Commons justice committee ending its investigation of SNC-Lavalin, Kent says it’s more important than ever for the Liberals to allow the ethics committee to investigate.
That committee meets Tuesday to discuss a Tory motion, that’s calling on the committee to immediately begin investigating and to invite both former cabinet ministers to appear no later than April 5 and be allowed to speak freely.