OTTAWA – a few hours of the appearance of the former minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould in committee, the prime minister Justin Trudeau insisted Wednesday morning on the exceptional character of the decree issued on Monday evening, which lifts the obligation of professional secrecy and ministerial.
Her ex-attorney general has cast a new stone into the pond, Tuesday night, asserting in a letter sent to the chairman of the standing committee on justice and human rights that she could not speak quite freely in spite of the adoption of this decree.
In this missive sent on the eve of his highly anticipated appearance, Jody Wilson-Raybould commented that she could tell all its truth, as the decree relates only to his term as attorney general.
“We took the unprecedented step of removing the protection (…) of the professional secrecy and the confidentiality of the council of ministers,” argued Justin Trudeau on his arrival at the office, Wednesday morning.
This gesture is intended to “allow Mrs Raybould to express themselves freely on the issue at the level of Lavalin and the pressure that she would have to suffer (sic),” continued the prime minister before the weekly meeting of the liberal caucus – including Jody Wilson-Raybould is always a part.
The minister of Justice and attorney general, David Lametti, has defended the scope of the decree adopted on Monday evening. “The fact that from his point of view, it has been subjected to pressure, that is the question. And she has (…) plenty of latitude to respond to the issues,” he said.
The liberal ministers crossed in the corridors of parliament in the morning swore that they had no concern about what might come out of the testimony of their former colleague of the cabinet in committee Wednesday afternoon.
“No, not at all. I think mrs. (Wilson-)Raybould will say what she has to say, and then there are institutions in place that will ensure that all must think as Canadians want”, he commented minister Diane called to order.
The outgoing minister will testify in committee as of 15: 15 on Wednesday. The committee has agreed to give him 30 minutes for his opening statement, about three times more time than normal.