Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rejecting the assertion by one of his former cabinet ministers that “there’s much more to the story that needs to be told” when it comes to exactly what went down in the SNC-Lavalin affair.
In a interview with Maclean’s Magazine, published Thursday morning, former president of the Treasury Board Jane Philpott explained her decision to resign as a cabinet member and said that “there’s been an attempt to shut down the story” by Trudeau and his advisers.
At issue is the claim by former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould that she was subjected to a “consistent and sustained effort” between September and December 2018 to pressure her into changing her decision not to intervene in the criminal case of SNC-Lavalin to help the Montreal firm escape a potential conviction for corruption charges.
Trudeau said in his view, Wilson-Raybould has been allowed to speak already.
“The issue is the issue of pressure that the attorney general may have experienced while she was attorney general on SNC Lavalin,” Trudeau said when asked repeatedly about the assertions.
He added that he thinks Wilson-Raybould has been able to give “full testimony regarding the former attorney general’s time as attorney general in regards to the Lavalin situation.”
Trudeau waived cabinet confidentiality and solicitor-client privilege following intense pressure from critics demanding answers to the allegations.
But the waiver for Wilson-Raybould only allowed her to speak about what happened while she was attorney general.