Jody Wilson-Raybould says she will provide a written statement and copies of text messages and emails to the Commons justice committee that shut down its probe of the SNC-Lavalin affair.
This week, the Liberal MPs who hold the majority on the committee voted to close down the inquiry without recalling the former attorney general and justice minister to testify a second time in response to other witnesses.
In a letter today to the committee chair, Liberal MP Anthony Housefather, Wilson-Raybould said she would respond to a request to provide copies of texts and emails she cited in her Feb. 27 testimony before the committee.
“Related to these requests, I also have relevant facts and evidence in my possession that further clarify statements I made and elucidate the accuracy and nature of statements by witnesses in testimony that came after my committee appearance,” she wrote.
“As such, in response to these requests, and consistent with the standard practice of the committee of receiving written submissions, I will be providing a written submission to the committee in relation to matters within the confines of the waiver of cabinet confidence and solicitor-client privilege.”
Housefather said submissions to the committee are not automatically made public but it’s the committee’s general practice to do so — except in the case of personal information, such as cell phone numbers or email addresses, which would be redacted.
Political wrangling over claims that PMO officials and others in government inappropriately pressured the former attorney general to override a decision to prosecute SNC-Lavalin on bribery charges overshadowed the Liberal budget this week.
The Conservatives triggered a marathon vote in the Commons that lasted 31 hours to protest the Liberals’ decision to shut down the committee before bringing back Wilson-Raybould.
Adding to the uproar was a Maclean’s interview with former cabinet minister Jane Philpott, in which she insisted there is “much more” to the SNC-Lavalin story and the Canadian public deserves to know more.