Ellis weighs in on SNC Lavalin fallout

Christopher Davidson
March 7, 2019

Monsef said she is looking forward to working especially on moving forward with the feminist worldwide development policy Bibeau introduced.

MacAulay will take over responsibility for a new veterans-benefits regime the parliamentary budget officer reported last week will mean less generous support for veterans leaving the Canadian Forces. "She was confirmed as the Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Vancouver Granville a year ago".

Unusually, the official headquarters for the Department of Veterans Affairs is outside the capital region - it's in Charlottetown, P.E.I. which is MacAulay's home province.

In a cabinet shuffle on January 14, Wilson-Rayboult was moved from her position as minister of justice and given the lesser cabinet position of minister of veterans affairs.

She said partisan concerns were repeatedly raised in connection with the SNC-Lavalin case, including by Trudeau, who she claims pointed out to her in a September conversation that he was himself a Quebec MP and raised the political consequences of prosecuting a large Montreal-based company during the then-ongoing Quebec election.

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Trudeau's former top adviser, Gerry Butts - who resigned in an effort to defend the prime minister and the PMO's actions - is expected to testify before the committee next week.

On CTV's Question Period, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said that repairing the relationship between Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould will "take an bad lot of hard work".

Wilson-Raybould, however, is saying otherwise.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has asked for Trudeau's resignation and for a police investigation, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has asked for a public inquiry into the matter. "And therefore I completely disagree with the characterisation of the former attorney general about these events".

She will not say if she has lost confidence in the prime minister, but sometimes silence says it all. She told the Vancouver Sun earlier that she had been confirmed as the Liberal candidate in that riding past year.

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