Kamloops, BC (February 8, 2019): Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo, issued the following statement today:
“I am deeply disturbed by allegations in the Globe and Mail yesterday, that Justin Trudeau’s office attempted to pressure Jody Wilson-Raybould when she was Canada’s Attorney General to abandon the criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin,” MP McLeod said.
“Even more shocking, the Prime Minister may have fired her from her role as our country’s first Indigenous Justice Minister and Attorney General,” McLeod stated. “We have recently seen this just south of our border, where a leader dismissed his Attorney General for defying orders.”
Cathy McLeod was the first Member of Parliament to raise these allegations in the House of Commons yesterday morning, stating, “Everyone was so proud that the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada was an Indigenous woman. We congratulated her on her amazing success. We are now learning that the government threw her under the bus.”
MP McLeod added today, “This morning, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, in cooperation with the NDP, called for an emergency meeting of the Justice Committee to question the Prime Minister’s Office and other government officials over their potential interference in an ongoing criminal prosecution. Canadians will be watching carefully to see if Liberal MPs block the request.”
“If Liberals prevent PMO officials from testifying, Conservatives will pursue every course of action to make sure Justin Trudeau and his office are held to account,” McLeod concluded.