techkenyot.com
techkenyot.com May 21, 2019


The complicated legality behind Wilson-Raybould silence on SNC-Lavalin scandal

23 February 2019, 04:59 | Edward Lowe

Gerald Butts looks on during a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday

Gerald Butts looks on during a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday

Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould says she still can not publicly explain her decision to leave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet but is looking forward to talking to her fellow caucus members.

Speaking to media on her way to the caucus meeting, Wilson-Raybould said she knows her continued deferral to solicitor-client privilege is "frustrating for many people", and that is why she is seeking legal advice, "to be able to ensure that I am confident in what I can and cannot say", when she appears before committee.

The PM's former attorney general made the comments moments before a vote calling for a public inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin affair that has seen Wilson-Raybould resign from cabinet and Trudeau's top advisor Gerry Butts walk the plank all over allegations the government doesn't want to talk about and wishes would go away.

The controversy erupted earlier this month when The Globe and Mail published a bombshell report alleging senior officials in the PMO had pressured Wilson-Raybould when she was attorney general to help the Quebec engineering giant avoid criminal prosecution.

But Justin Trudeau won't say if he will be waiving solicitor-client privilege so she can speak freely during her testimony.

The Liberal-dominated committee wants to hear first from academics about the legal principles underpinning the affair, which prompted Wilson-Raybould's resignation from cabinet last week and the departure this week of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's most trusted aide, principal secretary Gerald Butts.

New Blue and White Party Projected to Beat Netanyahu in Upcoming Election
Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi has made a decision to join the new list", the new coalition said in a statement. If the new faction wins the election , Gantz and Lapid would both serve as Israel's Prime Minister.

Last week, Wilson-Raybould quit cabinet.

Trudeau said he took the opportunity of the caucus meeting to offer an apology to Wilson-Raybould for his failure last week to immediately denounce anonymous criticism and cartoons about her that many felt were racist and sexist.

"My ethical and professional responsibilities as a lawyer are layered and incredibly complicated so I am still working with my lawyer".

MPs are also scheduled to vote today on a non-binding NDP motion calling for a public inquiry into the affair and the waiving of solicitor-client privilege. "At all times, I and those around me acted with integrity and singular focus on the best interests of all Canadians", he says.

"The coverup continues", said Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus after the closed-door committee meeting.

As part of these examinations, Trudeau said he welcomes Wilson Raybould testifying before the House Justice Committee.

Organizers Are Being Sued By Epic Games
Epic's lawsuit proves that they aren't happy its hit game was associated with the event. There also weren't enough activities for the estimated 2,800 who showed up.

Court documents show the Director of Public Prosecutions told the engineering and construction giant last September 4 about its decision not to proceed with negotiations towards a remediation agreement to help SNC-Lavalin avoid bribery and fraud charges.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould makes an announcement regarding family law on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The former minister said she would remain in the Liberal caucus, and another lawmaker said she will indeed be called to speak to the justice committee. She refused, and shortly later was demoted by Trudeau to the Veterans Affairs portfolio, which she has since resigned from.

Trudeau has said that he spoke with Wilson-Raybould about the SNC-Lavalin case 13 days later, on September 17.

"I'm going to attend caucus, as I always do".

"The way in which this story has unfolded - with nearly daily changes to the Prime Minister's version of events, with high-profile resignations, with anonymously sourced smear campaigns, and with co-ordinated cover-up manoeuvring - suggests this is not an ordinary political scandal", Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said in the Commons.

Japan's Hayabusa2 lands on asteroid Ryugu to collect samples
Earlier in September a year ago , JAXA successfully landed two miniature rovers on the surface of Asteroid Ryugu. The Ryugu asteroid that the explorer landed on is named after an undersea palace in a Japanese folktale.



Other News

Trending Now

Labour lawmaker quits party in latest jolt to United Kingdom politics
These forces have been unleashed by Brexit and the bitter divisions over how and whether to leave Europe behind. The prime minister said however that the Conservative government was "doing the right thing" for the country.

Singer R Kelly 'charged with sexual offences'
His attorney, Steven Greenberg , said early Friday afternoon that he had not been notified that his client had been charged. While the allegations against Kelly have been long-standing, the singer has largely continued to enjoy widespread support.

Charles Barkley on Jussie Smollett: 'America, do not commit crimes with checks'
Among the details that Barkley made light of: Smollett allegedly wrote a check for $3,500 to the brothers to stage the attack. It has been reported that Smollett returned to the set of " Empire " after being released by police on Thursday.

Claire Williams insists team is 'not in crisis' despite test delay
Speculation surrounds the future of their technical chief Paddy Lowe, and his media commitments were cancelled on Wednesday. Once a giant of Formula One , with 16 world...

Congress slams Imran Khan after Pulwama statement
Punjab Cricket Association authorities on Sunday removed photographs of Pakistani cricket players placed on the walls of the I.S. The decision was taken at a meeting of the cricket body's office bearers, PCA treasurer Ajay Tyagi told PTI.

Robertson backs Liverpool to make amends for Bayern stumble
An early goal would help put them in control of the tie and with the home leg first, they need to use it to their advantage. Bayern are still a good side, though, and they are well-organised and clever. "If we score there it's crucial".

Saudi Arabia's crown Prince gifted gold-plated submachine gun by Pakistan
An Aramco employee walks near oil tank at Saudi Aramco's Ras Tanura oil refinery and oil terminal in Saudi Arabia May 21, 2018. The Crown Prince will hold wide ranging talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday.

Everyone Is Wondering Why Kate Middleton Skipped Meghan Markle's Baby Shower
Meghan's royal baby with Prince Harry is due in the northern hemisphere spring. "Let's not lose sight of that". However, Meghan's half-sister, Samantha Markle , publicly spoke out regarding Meghan's trip to NY .

Israel's first moon mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral
The main payload is an Indonesian communications satellite called "Nusantara Satu" (also called PSN 6). Visit The Planetary Society's Beresheet mission page for information won't find anywhere else.

Tesla's Model 3 loses coveted Consumer Reports recommendation
Where all Tesla models excel is the powertrain, with CR member reporting few problems. The new report raises questions about the reliability of the Model 3.