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Bombshell PMO interference allegations ‘extremely damaging’ to judicial system; Wilson-Raybould’s inability to refute allegations creates ‘bizarre’ dynamic in cabinet, say pundits 

By Neil Moss & Abbas Rana      

The non-denial by former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is a 'major problem for the government,' says Tim Powers.

Jody Wilson-Raybould was shuffled from Justice to Veterans Affairs on Jan. 14, 2019. The Globe and Mail reported last week that the Prime Minister's Office attempted to press Ms. Wilson-Raybould when she was justice minister to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution, but Ms. Raybould said she couldn't comment because she is bound by solicitor-client privilege in the matter. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s inability to refute the allegations in last week’s Globe and Mail report of attempted political interference in the justice system by the PMO  is creating a “bizarre” dynamic in the cabinet, which is “uncharted territory,” say Conservative and Liberal political insiders, and a former Tory justice minister and attorney general says the alleged interference undermines Canada’s “entire” justice system.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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