Liberal MPs shut down SNC committee before vote on recalling WilsonRaybould

first_imgOTTAWA – Liberal MPs have used their majority on the House of Commons justice committee to shut down an opposition attempt to call Jody Wilson-Raybould to testify again on the SNC-Lavalin affair.Shortly after the meeting convened, the Liberal committee members abruptly voted to adjourn, with Conservatives and New Democrats shouting out epithets like “Cover-up!” and “Despicable!”Wow, the Liberals used their majority to shut down the committee meeting looking at calling @Puglaas to have a second round of testimony.— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 13, 2019Today’s meeting came about at the request of opposition members.They wanted the former justice minister and attorney general to appear again to answer claims made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former top aide Gerald Butts.Conservative Michael Cooper says he can’t believe the Liberals would shut down this meeting.“I’ve never been so disgusted by the conduct of my Liberal colleagues,” he said.Conservative Michael Cooper says he has never been so disgusted with his Liberal colleagues #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/uejoM5O6ab— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 13, 2019Meantime, the NDP says it’s clear the Liberals have something to hide.“What we saw was just shutting down debate, trying to sweep it under the rug that they don’t want the truth to come out,” added Tracey Ramsey.Wilson-Raybould quit the federal cabinet in mid-February amid a controversy over pressure she says she faced from Butts and others last fall to head off a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin over alleged bribery and fraud it used to seek contracts in Libya.But Liberal Francis Drouin says the party took this action because they believed there was no need for today’s meeting.“The committee has already expressed its wishes on March 6th to have this particular hearing on March 19th, so it’s as simple as that,” he said. March 19 also happens to be budget day.Liberal MP @Francis_Drouin explains why he moved the motion to adjourn the emergency committee meeting, “the committee has already expressed its wishes on March 6 to have this particular hearing on March 19, so it’s as simple as that.” #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 13, 2019When he testified, Butts put the dispute down to a series of miscommunications and misunderstandings.The Liberals argue they did this because they had previously passed a motion to discuss witnesses at a meeting next week, which happens to be the same day as the budget.last_img