MP Bob Zimmer Issues Statement on Jody Wilson-Raybould’s Testimony

Travis Fortnum
02/28/2019

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Yesterday, former Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould testified before the justice committee on the ongoing SNC-Lavalin scandal.

Bob Zimmer, MP for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies was there.

This morning he issued the following statement on Wilson-Raybould’s testimony: 

“I was in the room when Ms. Wilson-Raybould gave her testimony and being that close you could hear the emotion in her voice as she described the sustained and escalating pressure she endured from the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Clerk of the Privy Council, and the Office of the Finance Minister to change her mind and interfere in the SNC-Lavalin criminal case.
 
“The events and conversations laid out by Ms. Wilson-Raybould are not only shocking but corrupt and speak to a Prime Minister who has lost all moral authority to govern.
 
“The Prime Minister must resign and the RCMP must immediately open an investigation into the examples of obstruction of justice the former Attorney General gave in her testimony, as well as those she was unable to speak about.
 
“There are still many unanswered questions. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister has forbidden Ms. Wilson-Raybould from discussing her resignation from cabinet, the presentation she gave to cabinet after her resignation, or discussions she had after being fired as Attorney General. There are also questions surrounding alleged political interference in the criminal case against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.
 
“I firmly believe that the law should apply equally to everyone, regardless of who you are or where you come from. Canadians deserve answers and not a government that continuously keeps them in the dark while attempting to bend the rule of law to benefit their friends.”

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Prime Minister Trudeau has said that he “completely” disagreed with Wilson-Raybould’s characterization of events and that he and his staff did not act inappropriately.

"Canadians need to know that we have an officer of Parliament who is tasked with a specific role to make sure that in questions where there are disagreements amongst politicians, amongst elected officials, there is an arbiter who is empowered to be like a judge… who will make a determination in this issue," Trudeau said.

"So while political parties and various people are making, or trying to draw a lot of attention to this issue, there is a process… that will make a determination on what actually happened here so Canadians can be reassured that out intuitions continue to function, so that our governments function in accordance with the rule of law, and that we continue to stay focused on the things that really matter to Canadians," he said. 

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