OTTAWA – POLITICS – Leader of the Official Opposition, Andrew Scheer, sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding solicitor-client privilege in the SNC-Lavalin affair.
The Prime Minister has been under continued criticism from the opposition and from many in the media, over his answers to allegations that the former Minister of Justice was pressured to intervene in the SNC-Lavilin case and find a mediated solution for the criminal charges the company faced.
Jody Wilson-Raybould was moved from the position of Attorney General to Veterans Affairs Minister during the recent Cabinet shuffle by the Prime Minister. At the time Jody Wilson-Raybould published a commentary on her website that left many feeling she was saying more than she wrote. (Read Wilson Raybould’s Commentary)
There has been repeated social media and media critical investigation of this matter. The Prime Minister has repeatedly said that the PMO did not direct the Attorney General to do anything.
The following is an excerpt from the letter.
“Canadians deserve answers on this ‘matter,’ as the allegations surrounding it strike at the very heart of fair and impartial law enforcement and prosecutorial functions, themselves vital to the rule of law and to our democracy.
“Therefore, I call on you to immediately waive solicitor-client privilege in respect of any advice given to you or your staff in relation to the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. Additionally, I call on you to also waive any and all rights to confidentiality in respect of communications to or from yourself or any member of your staff (previous or current) in relation to the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.”
It goes on to say:
“If you do not meet this obligation, Canadians can only conclude that there is something you wish to keep hidden.”
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