Jody Wilson-Raybould said to have suffered from the pressure and received veiled threats
OTTAWA — The former Justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould stated that she had been subjected to pressure “constant and sustained” – including veiled threats – from the office of the prime minister, the privy Council office and the office of the minister of Finance to stop the criminal prosecution against the giant montreal engineering SNC-Lavalin.
In his testimony before the justice committee of the House of commons, on Wednesday, Ms. Wilson-Raybould has said that the prime minister Justin Trudeau and others had discussed several times the risks incurred by the company if it was found guilty of corruption and fraud in connection with the contracts that it wished to achieve in Libya.
According to the ex-minister, the provincial elections in Quebec have been a major factor in the thinking of the liberal government.
Ms. Wilson-Raybould has been ruled out of the justice portfolio in January and resigned from the cabinet earlier this month, after media had revealed that she had been subjected to undue pressure to accept a “repair agreement” that would have allowed SNC-Lavalin to avoid prosecution from the federal government.
In her testimony, Ms. Wilson-Raybould has said that the decision not to conclude such an agreement had been made in September, but she and her staff have been contacted by the office of Mr. Trudeau several times thereafter, in the hope of finding ways to help SNC-Lavalin.
She added that he had been repeatedly told that the decision belonged to him, but that the attempts to convince her to enter into a repair agreement were incessant.