“In that moment I knew that he (PM Trudeau) wanted me to lie,” writes former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould in her memoir “Indian” in the Cabinet, scheduled for release Tuesday and excerpted in an exclusive to the Globe and Mail, Friday.
The former cabinet minister accuses the prime minister of slyly attempting to pressure her into making a decision based on what has been perceived as political interference from Montreal-based corporation SNC-Lavalin. The company, it is reported, had asked the Prime Minister’s Office for assistance to defer criminal prosecution contemplated by Ms. Wilson-Raybould. After a demotion, she was expelled from the Liberal caucus in 2019 and sat as an independent for her Vancouver-area riding where she won re-election as an independent in 2019. She is not running in this election.
“I read the excerpt from her book with a combination of dismay and admiration,” says Kerry Colborne, Conservative Candidate in Oakville. “Dismay because of the entire litany of ethical violations by this federal government and the shabby manner in which Mr. Trudeau and his cabinet treated Ms. Wilson-Raybould. I have nothing but admiration for the stiff spine she has demonstrated in the face of pressure and coercion. She sacrificed her cabinet position for her ethical values. You have to respect that.
Add it up — the SNC-Lavalin affair, the WE scandal, the Aga Khan junket — this government very rapidly declined into the mud. It doesn’t matter how good the local candidates may be, all Liberal members of parliament have been complicit in this deplorable lack of ethics.”
Find Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s book here: https://www.harpercollins.ca/9781443465366/indian-in-the-cabinet/
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